News

Residents urged to reduce incidence of bears

Coldstream residents are being warned to secure their garbage or bears will needlessly die.

The Ministry of Environment is receiving two to three calls a day about bears getting into residential garbage.

“People are saying there’s been a bear in their garbage for three or four days and they want the bear gone,” said Josh Lockwood, conservation officer.

“But what about putting your garbage away?”

The complaints have come from throughout Coldstream, but mostly south of Kalamalka Road.

There have been no conflicts yet, but conditions could change.

“Eventually we will have to set a trap or respond to a bear being aggressive and it will be destroyed,”  said Lockwood.

If a bear is trapped, they generally cannot be relocated successfully because they are placed into another animal’s habitat.

There’s also the fact that once addicted to garbage, a bear will not return to natural food sources and will return to neighbourhoods more than 20 kilometres away.

“You’re just transporting the problem from one area to another,” sad Lockwood.

Lockwood is urging residents to secure their garbage to prevent access from bears, and for residents to encourage their neighbours to take action.

“It’s a safe community issue. Every household has to buy into garbage containment,” he said.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. to announce Peace River dam decision
 
Red Palette has home decor covered
 
Reel Reviews: Give the gift of great films
Possible link between bank robberies
 
Buy B.C. program gets a financial boost
 
Growing pains for police investigation unit
Diesel stays stubbornly high amid crude oil drop
 
City strike lingers on
 
Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.