Local Mission resident, Diane Moon, managed to capture a roaming black bear on video as it checked out her backyard. The uninvited guest showed up at 6.30pm Wednesday night. Diane explained that, "the bear knocks over our birdbath on a nightly basis and often leaves a 'deposit' on our lawn . . . if ya know what I mean! It is here often and we are lucky to see the female bear in our yard with her cubs. They all come onto our deck and the only thing between us is the glass doors and windows," she said.
Be Bear Aware!
The natural curiosity of bears brings them into our communities. While exploring our residential areas, they become ensnared in a web of garbage and other attractants. Bears are ruled by their stomachs; if they cannot find the food they need, they soon leave the area. Foraging in communities is a learned behaviour that threatens the safety of both the bears and the residents of that community.
Bear Aware encourages people to change their behaviour. If people do not make bear attractants such as garbage and fruit available to bears, we can minimize human-bear conflict. Preventing these conflicts makes our communities safer and more sustainable. The program strives, through proper waste and attractant management, to prevent bears from lingering in our urban areas.
On average 500 black bears and 40 grizzlies are killed every year in BC. Most of these deaths are preventable. For more information on preventing these destructions, please explore the rest of this website.
Bear Aware is not responsible for bear management in the Province of BC. As such, all inquiries regarding sightings and the conflicts that result from humans leaving out their attractants, should be directed to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.