Bears now emerging from hibernation

It’s that time of year when bears start to poke their heads out of their dens in search of food and water.

Provincial Coordinator for WildSafeBC, Frank Ritcey says that over the past few weeks there have been several reports of bears throughout the lower half of the province.

According to the WildSafeBC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP), no bears have been reported in the Kimberley area so far.

Ritcey says that at this time of year bears start to emerge from hibernation to stretch their legs, get a drink of water, and they will typically head back to their den for a few more weeks.

“From now until the end of April is when bears will come out of hibernation, but most of them will tend to stay out towards the end of April,” Ritcey said. “In certain parts of the province, like along the coast where winter is mild and the weather is good, bears don’t necessarily hibernate at all. Especially the males. If their food sources are abundant there is no need for them to hibernate.”

Ritcey explained that when bears do come out of hibernation, first and foremost they are in search of water.

“They don’t tend to feed heavily right away, because they haven’t eaten in four months or so,” said Ritcey. “It’s not like in the summer when they are constantly eating. They will sort of poke around, take a look around, and if there isn’t enough food available they will go back in to hibernation.”

Although it is important to secure your garbage from wildlife all year round, Ritcey says it is especially important in the spring.

“You don’t want to let the bears start off on the wrong foot,” Ritcey explained. “If they come out of hibernation only to get into human food and garbage, they will be more likely to return to those places for the rest of the season.”

Ritcey says it’s equally as important to make sure to take your bird feeders down in the spring as well.

“Many people feed the birds in the winter, and sometimes forget to take down their feeders come spring,” said Ritcey. “Bird seed contains a lot of calories, which is what the bears will be looking for.”

WildSafe BC stats say that garbage accounts for 60 per cent of their calls regarding bears. They recommend the following to ensure the safety of both humans and wildlife:

* Store garbage in a secure building until collection day or consider purchasing a bear-resistant household container.

* Ensure bins are tightly closed.

*Regularly wash all recycling items and clean the bins that contain garbage or recycling.

*Do not leave garbage in the back of a truck, even if it has a Canopy.

*If you cannot store garbage securely, freeze smelly items and add to the bin only on the morning go collection.

The City of Kimberley also has a bylaw which states garbage bins are not to be put out before 5a.m. on the morning of collection.

WildSafe BC also says it’s important to feed pets indoors, to keep a healthy compost free of fish, meat, fat, oils, un-rinsed eggshells or any cooked food, to regularly clean barbecues after use, and always pick fruit trees as they ripen (do not allow windfall to accumulate on the ground).

For more information, visit the WildSafe BC Website.

Just Posted

Homes evacuated at Wycliffe due to grass fire

Five homes have been evacuated and Pattison Road and Wycliffe Store Road… Continue reading

Bring your food bank donations to JulyFest parade

The Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, along with Kimberley Royal Bank, will… Continue reading

Veteran assaulted while guarding Military Ames Garage sale items

Last Friday evening, while watching over sale items for the Military Ames… Continue reading

The Kimberley Farmers’ Market is growing

A new Creston winery, more fresh produce, and ready to eat food are some of the new additions.

Car show runs ahead this September

Radium Show & Shine gears up for annual event September 14-15

Watch: Spartan Race at Kimberley Alpine Resort

This weekend the Spartan Race took place at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Participants… Continue reading

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

UPDATED: ICBC fights back against claims that it’s ‘ripping off’ B.C. RV drivers

Canadian Taxpayers Federation is urging the provincial government to open up ICBC to competition

Summerland issues State of Local Emergency in response to wildfire

Two homes under evacuation order; evacuation alert remains in place as result of wildfire

Most Read