Spring is around the corner and so our interaction with Wildlife begins.
It is time to start preparing for the black bears seeking food sources in our neighborhoods. If you live in Sooke, chances are good that you have bears living nearby. We live in bear country and should learn to expect to deal with bears – no matter what part of the community you live in.
Preventing and/or reducing conflict with bears requires us to modify our behaviours
Although bears are generally shy and usually avoid humans, they are opportunistic and will search for human food supplies when natural foods are not available, or when human food sources are easier to obtain.
Is your residence area free of food odors that may attract a hungry bear’s attention? It time to do you’re spring cleaning; garbage, bird food, pet food, fruit trees, and outdoor grills are the most common bear invitations.
Be proactive and minimize human-bear conflict, prevent bears from lingering in our residential neighborhoods.
When should you call the Conservation Officer?[sam id=”5″ codes=”true”]When someone from the public calls to report a bear, a report is generated. These reports can assist the Wild Wise Sooke program in focusing attention on a certain area of concern within the community.
It is important to report human-bear conflicts to the Conservation Officer Service’s toll-free RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).
In most cases, the COs simply tracks the location, movements and habits of bears through the reported sightings. It is important to call the CO Service so that the information about the whereabouts of bears gets to the right people.Conservation Services contact and work directly with Wild Wise Sooke to form a proactive solution. Then Wild Wise Sooke can provide callers with educational intervention about reducing conflict with bears. They also will help you recognize the attractions and help you make changes that respect, enhance and conserve wildlife.
There is a great deal of misinformation concerning bear biology and behavior; Wild Wise provides factual information about bears and bear behavior. This keeps our community — and the wildlife — safe.
WildWise Sooke Community Coordinator
- Living harmoniously with wild life in Sooke is the primary objective of the newly established “Wild Wise Sooke” – Sooke PocketNews, May 1, 2015
- Presentation to District of Sooke
- Introducing Wild Wise Sooke, Transition Sooke
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