Bears, cougars still active in Kimberley

Some bears not yet hibernating; cougars active too

Fresh bear prints in the snow in Townsite.

It is unusual for black bears to not be hibernating at this time of year, but there are definitely  black bears up and around in Kimberley, says Shaunna McInnis of East Kootenay Wildlife Aware.

“Bears are not yet hibernating, at least not all of them,” McInnis said. “The bears will continue to hunt for food and as long as food is available, and there is often food available in town, they will not hibernate.”

Most notably garbage, fruit that was not removed from trees and bird feeders are the attractants, she says.

“There are bears with cubs in Marysville, Chapman Camp, and downtown. Bear tracks have been seen in the snow in many places in Kimberley.”

McInnis says she imagines there are bears active in Cranbrook as well.

Cougars are also active in town, she says.

“There have been quite a few cougar sightings in the past few weeks -— notably in Marysville and in Lower Blarchmont areas.  Cougars are most active at dusk and dawn. However, they will roam and hunt at any time of the day or night and in all seasons.  As dusk is so much earlier now, we humans are also more active at dusk, so it is not surprising that there are more sightings in the area.”

With many reports of cougar sightings, it’s a good idea to escort your children to the school bus in the mornings, especially as it’s still not quite full daylight at 8 a.m.

“Cougars seem to be attracted to children, possibly because their high-pitched voices, small size, and erratic movements make it difficult for cougars to identify them as human and not prey,” McInnis said. “Talk to children and teach them what to do if they encounter a cougar. Encourage children to play outdoors in groups, and supervise children playing outdoors. Consider getting a dog for your children as an early-warning system. A dog can see, smell, and hear a cougar sooner then we can. Although dogs offer little value as a deterrent to cougars, they may distract a cougar from attacking a human.”

Just Posted

Kimberley Community Band in concert

The recent concert by Kimberley Community Band featured a number of soloists.… Continue reading

Upcoming Chamber events in Kimberley

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Chamber Week (Feb. 20-24) with… Continue reading

Council discusses renewing MOU with BC Timber Sales

Kimberley City Council has voted to table a discussion about a Memorandum… Continue reading

Kimberley Youth Action Network asks for City’s help in becoming legal entity

The Kimberley Youth Action Network (KYAN) is requesting that the City of… Continue reading

Friends of the Kimberley Public Library celebrate another successful year

2018 saw over 10,000 books sold to about 3000 customers.

Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

No Center of Gravity festival in Kelowna this summer: organizers

COG organizers said the hope is to return to the Okanagan in 2020

Most Read