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.

 

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