Spring reminder about bears and trash in area

The District of Hope did a terrific job last year in reducing attractants to wildlife

With spring weather almost upon us, now is a great time to remember to make sure all garbage is secured and only put outside the morning of scheduled pick-up.

Mama and baby bears will probably not be peeking out until the middle of March but yearlings and males may decide to have a look (and smell) around to see if anything tasty has been left outside for them – as in trash. If they find something edible they will most likely hang around or come back, which is why it is important that we not give them a reason to do so.

The District of Hope did a terrific job last year in reducing attractants to wildlife – such as unsecured trash cans and bags. This resulted in a record low number of bear sightings.

Starting in March, the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee will once again have volunteers canvassing neighbourhoods and handing out helpful brochures. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about black bears and their habits, and make suggestions on how to bear-proof your home or business, with regard to attractants such as trash, fruit trees and other things bears find appealing. Be sure to look for the people wearing the bright yellow HMBBC volunteer shirts.

There have been no bear sightings so far in our district. However, should you happen to see a bear, please call the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee at 604-860-4558.

Scott Fyall,

HMBBC volunteer

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