Black Bear Conflict Calls Double
Prince George, B.C. – The number of human-wildlife conflicts are way up this year.
Especially when it comes to black bears. That from the Conservation Officer Service.
“Since April 1 we have received 8,900 black bear conflict reports compared to over 4,900 last year,” says deputy chief Chris Doyle. “The biggest increase in call volumes have occurred in the Skeena, South Coast, Vancouver Island and West Kootenay areas.”
He adds it’s frustrating that many of those conflicts have been “preventable.”
“So, the COS would like to remind the public to secure attractants, such as garbage and fruit which may attract bears. Also, it’s an offence under the BC Wildlife Act to feed or attract dangerous wildlife and this applies to residences, campsites and businesses.”
Doyle says conflicts may have also increased due to a decline in natural food sources.
“It’s likely that some of the natural food was delayed in ripening. That could still be occurring now in some areas. That brought some of those bears into conflict. There’s other factors too such as the dynamics of the local bear population in certain areas.”