Black bear sighted in South Okanagan

Young black bear sighted at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver.

It may be the dead of winter but at least one black bear is still out and about in the South Okanagan.

On Friday afternoon the B.C. Conservation Officer Service responded to a pair of calls from people who spotted what appeared to by a young black bear at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver.

“At this time of year it’s not that common but it’s definitely not unusual, there’s lots of good bear habitat right around there, so when the temperature goes up and their metabolism kicks in, they will wake up and go on a little tour trying to locate any easy food sources,” said Conservation Officer Sgt. James Zucchelli, who responded to the reports of the sightings.

“The calls came in one after the other and the bear was seen running down the fairway next to Tucelnuit Drive. There was a patrol done on the road and we walked up and down the fairway and there was no sign of it.

“But the message is out there to people, to keep your attractants secure, garbage and compost and bird seed, those are the most common ones and call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP telephone) if there is a wildlife conflict.”

READ MORE: ‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’ – Penticton conservation officer

Zucchelli added one of the callers indicated the bear appeared to have an injured front paw, however the second caller did not. At this point, an injury has not been confirmed.

The COS has not received any further reports of bear sightings in the region.

“We messaged the golf course with regards to the management of the attractants and to give us a call if they see the bear,” he said. “It was last seen inside the golf course but there’s lots of little gullies and lots of terrain a bear could easily disappear into.

“It’s not uncommon for bears to wake up and come out of the den and tour around just stretch their legs and have a look around to see what’s going on and then if it stays cold they go back to bed.”

For more information on what to do when you spot wildlife, click here.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bears

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Vernon family shares story of son’s cancer recovery to encourage blood donation

Finlay Ritson’s parents can’t donate blood, but hope his story will encourage others to do so

WATCH: North Okanagan seniors stay fit in self-isolation

Residents have taken to their balconies to follow along in exercise class

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: Kelowna woman worried over increased prescription dispensing fees

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

COVID-19: Online tool helps vulnerable people in North Okanagan receive aid

United Way’s tool connects those in need with pre-screened volunteers in the local area

General exposure to public low after inmate tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The Okanagan Correctional Centre inmate is receiving appropriate care

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

UPDATE: Coronavirus concerns prompt event cancellations across the Okanagan

This is a running list of events cancelled across the Okanagan

COVID-19: Staying home in Shuswap is difficult when you don’t have one

As the snow flies, people without homes in Salmon Arm talk about how tough life is

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

COVID-19: ‘Think before you click,’ north Okanagan city says

City of Armstrong urges residents stay safe online as phone, email scams on rise amid pandemic

North Okanagan district discourages campfires amid COVID-19

Campfire ban in effect for RDCO but not for neighbour district in the north

Vernon Superstore sees long lineups amid COVID-19

Long lineups Saturday evidence customers following social-distancing protocols

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

COVID-19: Upcoming season a question mark for Okanagan drive-in movie theatre

Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre says it’s working on limiting capacity, among other safeguards

Most Read