We currently have 3 bears in and around our estate.
One is a lone bear and may be the one that has been around for several years.
There is also a mother bear and cub. They have broken into a car through a window and also a trailer.
We do not want to see the animals destroyed nor do we want see any injuries to residents and visitors so here are a few important tips to follow:
Do not crowd the bear – give it plenty of space. Warn others to be respectful; bring small children and untrained pets inside.
Let the bear know it is not welcome
Do not allow the bear to feel comfortable in your backyard. After, ensuring the bear has a safe avenue of escape, make lots of noise to encourage the bear to leave. After it has left the area, remove any non-natural foods that attracted the bear.
It is essential that you take all garbage off site ASAP
In the meantime keep garbage securely inside prior to disposal – minimizing odours.
Bear-proof your property.
Keep doors and windows closed and locked. Food smells can invite hungry bears inside your home.
Do not store food of any kind outside.
Don’t leave trash, groceries, pet food, coolers or any odorous items in your vehicle. Bears can easily pry open car/truck windows and doors to access the food inside.
Feed your pets indoors and store their food inside.
Hopefully the bears will head for the mountains soon but please do your best to minimize the bear attractants and of course be safe.