Brushing Up On The ‘Bear’ Necessities
Time to tuck those attractants away photo courtesy Northern Bear Awareness
Prince George, BC – While there are a number of variables that factor into when bears will emerge from hibernation, the Northern Bear Awareness Society says now is a good time to start removing yard attractants.
Society President Dave Bakker says the weather is comparable, if not warmer, than last year when bear activity began in early March.
“Pre-planning and a proactive approach to taking attractants away before they’re found is probably the best measure that you can do to eliminate bears entering neighbourhoods,” says Bakker. “I know there’s still lots of birds flitting around, but feeders are one of the prime targets in the spring and, of course, your residential waste is always the constant.”
Residents living in the area between Ospika and Tyner Boulevards are being asked to be particularly vigilant. Bakker points out the area was seeing a lot of bear activity in late fall and, he says, it may have been a ‘one-off’, but it’s better to take precautions now to prevent trouble later.