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The Skwalaqs (Black Bear) is a friend to our people. They look after all of the four-legged creatures as well as berries, fish, and water. This is a reminder to be bear aware and make your property bear-proof with as little damage as possible to the bear population or community members.
If you see a bear
Bear-proof your property
Bears are driven by their stomach. An enormous amount of energy is stored in fat over the summer and fall months so that a bear can survive a winter without eating. Hibernating bears can lose as much as 25-30% of their body weight over the winter. As a result, bears become increasingly active in their search for food as summer wanes and fall approaches. Their keen sense of smell allows them to identify potential food sources from considerable distances.
In most communities, improperly stored garbage is the main attractant for bears. By altering our storage habits, we can eliminate garbage-conditioned bears with very little effort. Here are some steps to bear-proofing your garbage:
Fruit is not a natural source of food for bears. These trees are considered a bear attractant and will bring bears into our community. If you leave your fruit tree unmanaged you are inviting bears into your yard.
Learn more about proper composting here: https://wildsafebc.com/learn/wildsafe-yard/how-to-compost/
Nuts and seeds are high in fat and attract bears. Remove birdfeeders during the spring, summer, and fall months. Be sure to clean up uneaten seed and nuts from the ground. There are plenty of natural food sources for birds in the wild.
Barbeques and smokers
Pets and livestock
If your pets or animals eat it, a bear will eat it. Here are some suggestions to keep bears out of your animal’s food:
Hunting and cultural activities
Hanging animal hide will attract bears. Store them in your freezer or gift them as soon as possible to avoid attracting bears.