–with information from Wild Wise
Wild Wise would like to remind everyone in and around Sooke to prepare for bears, as a year-round observation. Spring has sprung, and now’s the time to think about the fact that we are living in the heart of bear country. Preventing their habituation means saving their lives.
Think about where you will store your garbage this bear season. Do you have a secure shed or garage? Do you have the means to build one? Reach out to your waste removal company about a bear-resistant bin!
Think about how you will keep your livestock safe this bear season. Do you have a secure shelter? An electric fence? Do you have the means to install these?
Think about your outdoor recreation habits. Do you keep your pets safely on leash? Do you carry bear spray? Do you have friends or family that join you on your outings?
Think about fall fruit season. Do you have fruit trees? Do you pick the fruit before it ripens? Do you share your extra fruit and prevent it from collecting on the ground? Think about ways to secure fruit from bears.
It’s time to think about all the ways YOU can reduce the chance of bears becoming habituated this season and better ways to manage your attractants. Habituation is a learned behaviour – much like riding a bike, once a bear learns of a food source (like garbage, livestock or fruit) it doesn’t easily forget this. Bears may become dangerously determined to access this food which in turn put our community and this bear at great risk.
Prevent Habituation – Be Wild Wise – Prepare for Bears!
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Sam Webb, Wild Wise
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