Wild Wise Sooke is urging residents to continue to manage their attractants during this most critical time of the year. Black bears are desperately trying to fatten up for their upcoming winter slumber and although the salmon has started to run, they would just as soon have some of our greasy garbage if available to them. It is important, as always, to ensure we are storing our garbage inside a secure building like a garage and garbage should only be put out to the curb the morning of garbage collection.
Organic material can be frozen until the day of collection to prevent them from smelling and attracting a bear to your bins.
Other important reminders include, maintaining your elective fence around your livestock so predators cannot gain access to them, cleaning your BBQs after every use and never ever feeding wildlife as this may attract some unwanted visitors. Bears should be filling up on salmon and finding a nice dark quiet space to den for the winter. If they have access to unnatural food sources, they will continue to gorge themselves on unnatural food sources and not
Many people think that it is the cold temperature that encourages bears to hibernate, however, it is actually the lack of food available. Therefore it is critical that bears do not have access to unnatural food sources in the fall as it could not only prevent them from hibernating but also could lead to habituation. Habituation is an irreversible state in which bears cannot unlearn that garbage gives them a high caloric, easy meal. Let’s work together to prevent bears from getting habituated and ensure they hibernate in the upcoming weeks.
Sam Webb – Community Coordinator
Debbie Read-Urban Wildlife Conflict Specialist
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