100 Mile House Conservation Office reminds public to report wildlife conflicts to them, not social media

‘Unsecured attractants end up with bears having to be destroyed’

With the arrival of spring, there are increasing numbers of black bear sightings and people are urged to be cautious. (Submitted photo)

Bears have been a frequent discussion in the 100 Mile House area this month, now that they have awoken from their long winter slumber. It has also caused a flurry of comments on social media about sightings, attractants and garbage.

According to conservation officer James Zucchelli, there have been 12 calls in the 100 Mile House area since April 1. Three of the calls came in early April and focused on Scott Road towards the trailer park.

“The sightings that have been out and around 100 Mile are out towards Forest Grove, Deka Lake and Watch Lake. They’ve been sightings and attractant concerns with bird feeds, BBQs and attractants,” he said.

Zucchelli has asked the public to report any sightings and conflicts between wildlife and humans to the Conservation Office Service (BCCOS) at 1-877-952-7277 and not Facebook.

Even though the BCCOS has a Facebook page, it is not monitored for wildlife conflict reports.

Zucchelli said it seems to be a regular trend to report conflicts on social media rather than actually reporting it to the outfit most equipped to deal with it.

“Please call and report to the 1-800 number,” he said. “That provides a database for the BCCOS, so we know what area has activity and when the behaviour of the bears may be escalating in a manner that requires us to respond. It allows us to gauge our response; if we could provide advice, if it means attendance and what the outcome of that situation could be. If we get a call that a bear has been in an area our accessing garbage for a considerable amount of time and it’s now moved into breaking into receptacles, carports and sheds – that creates a higher response for us.”

Unsecured garbage and attractants such as compost or fruit trees (in the fall) are major concerns for the BCCOS because if a bear finds this food source it will become conditioned to come back, creating a safety risk for property owners, neighbours and the community.

“The main message here is that garbage and unsecured attractants end up with bears having to be destroyed because it’s a learned behaviour. They become conditioned and they don’t go back to natural food sources,” said Zuchelli. “We want people to clean up their attractants and manage their attractants.”

He also noted that bear activity has been average, with no increase or decrease.

WildSafe BC offers great tips on how to make a property less attractive to bears and other wildlife.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Coach Isnardy: ‘This is the best we’ve played all season’

The Williams Lake Peewee Tier 3 Timberwolves skated to a silver medal during the weekend

Cemetery fees equalized for all South Cariboo residents

‘We came up with an average rate from all of the communities’

RCMP constables receive Award of Valour for actions during 2018 mudslides

They walked in four kilometres over several mudslides

Handcrafted items galore at the Winter Arts and Crafts Fair in 100 Mile House

Residents of the South Cariboo will have a chance to pick up… Continue reading

PHOTOS: NHL honours B.C. grandma’s battle against cancer in special match

Shea Theodore’s grandmother Kay Darlington dropped the puck at a special ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ game

Mosaic Forest Management announces forestry shutdown

Thousands of forestry workers in Coastal B.C. will be affected by ‘curtailment’

Appeal dismissed for B.C. man who assaulted woman in ‘thoroughly modern’ fight over phone

‘Both were seeking evidence of cheating by the other,’ says B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

Freezing rain on the way to B.C.’s Fraser Valley, Interior

Road conditions will be icy and slippery, Environment Canada warns

University of Victoria threatens any athletes who speak about rowing coach probe

Barney Williams has been accused of harassment and abuse

B.C.’s largest catholic archdiocese names 9 clergymen in sex abuse report; probes ongoing

Vancouver Archdioces presides over 443,000 parishoners in B.C.

Smudging in B.C. classroom did not affect Christian family’s faith, says school district lawyer

Lawyers make closing arguments in a Port Alberni case about the Indigenous cultural practice

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Most Read