Hungry bears are storing up fat for winter hibernation

This is the time of year when bears are getting ready for hibernation and will be looking to eat as much as they can.

Residents living in the Comiaken area of Lake Cowichan may have noticed two bears wandering  through their yards over the past couple of weeks.

This is the time of year when bears are getting ready for hibernation and will be looking to eat as much as they can. Now, more than ever, is the time to be extra vigilant with efforts to keep them out of residential areas.

The local conservation officer did not respond to calls by press day, but Dennis Martel, a long-time member of the Cowichan Lake Wilderness Watch, says that a live trap may have been set up in the area to try and relocate the two bears.

He also says he received a call over the past week reporting a small cub in distress, between the old Hillcrest property and the big spruce tree on the Circle Route.

Martel’s advice to local residents is simple.

“The most important thing is to pick up their fruit and put their garbage away; don’t leave garbage exposed,” said Martel. He says that people should not only be picking the ripe fruit off their trees, but also the rotting fruit on the ground.

“If you don’t want your garbage in your house, put it in an enclosure,” he adds.

He also recommends talking to neighbours if they have fruit trees or are leave their garbage exposed.

If you sight a bear, call the conservation office at 1-877-952-7277, or Martel at 250-749-6182.


Just Posted

Trauma-focused yoga program comes to Duncan

The Reaching Out With Yoga project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Lake Cowichan council briefs

Lake Cowichan will be able to see how many people voted for and against the affordable housing

Get free transit on election day in Cowichan

Free transit on general voting day within the Cowichan Valley

Community paramedic program filling health care gap at Cowichan Lake

Mike Wright says he is serving people one-on-one as well as in groups

Lake Flashback: Angry fence owner, angry cable operator, and overwhelmed voters for you this week

Politicians by the score join ‘garbage’ bears, cable TV ‘thieves’ in our romp through years past

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Coming up in Cowichan: Pair of Mill Bay Marine Rescue Society fundraisers

Fall Fishing Derby will benefit Mill Bay Marine Search and Rescue Mill… Continue reading

Cowichan Coffee Time

Chain of Love and Lake to Lake Walk

Ignoring climate change poses potential catastrophe for B.C.

Fisheries scientist says ‘extraordinary challenges’ in water management lie ahead

Grow ops left in legal weeds

“I think people are going to get a big surprise that it’s not going to change things much.”

Driving with dope: Police talk rules on cannabis in the car

Even though pot is legal, you can’t smoke in the car

B.C. teens fined for possession of pot on legalization day

The pair received $230 fines for smoking pot in public

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nurses deliver 24,000 anti-violence postcards to B.C. Health Minister

Nurses delivered thousands of postcards to the front steps of the B.C. legislature, each carrying a message for violence prevention

Most Read