–Sam Webb, Wild Wise Sooke
It’s been a successful bear season so far in Sooke and with fall and hibernation on it’s way Wild Wise Sooke would like to thank everyone who has helped us thus far in spreading the message on coexisting with our wild neighbours.
We would also like to remind everyone that we still need to be vigilant at securing our attractants. In the upcoming weeks, bears will be looking for high caloric food sources to fatten them up before the winter. Don’t let your smelly garbage or fruit trees attract them to your yard.
Contact Wild Wise Sooke for more info on how you can be more “Wild Wise”.
If you enjoy picking fruit or need fruit picked on your trees, contact us and we can put you in touch with someone wanting to make a yummy pie or homemade jam.
Did you know- it is the limited food availability in the winter that encourages the bears to go to sleep, not the cold weather.
Let’s work together to keep these unnatural food sources away from the bears and allow them to get some rest.
In other news, Wild Wise Sooke is having a PHOTO CONTEST- submit your bear and wildlife photos for your chance at being featured on their new fall merchandise. Email your entries, along with your name and contact info to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their Facebook page for updates!
Sam Webb – Community Coordinator
Debbie Read-Urban Wildlife Conflict Specialist
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