Relocated bear back in days

Although conservation officers tried relocating a young, male black bear, he was back in Rutland in days, getting into garbage again.

Conservation officers in the Okanagan say bears have moved into residential areas throughout the region, attracted by available garbage and other food left out by humans.

CO Terry Myroniuk says he relocated one young bear and four days later, the bear was back in Rutland getting into garbage again.

“Relocation is simply not a solution. There’s just no use relocating habituated bears; bears that are used to fattening up on human foods,” he said.

The bear was active during the day in a residential area near a daycare centre so he had to be put down this week.

Often, he said, relocating a bear creates more trauma for him than it’s worth because he ends up fighting another bear for his territory, if he doesn’t just hoof it right back to where he was taken from.

“It’s not sound wildlife management,” he added.

Bear traps have been set in the Oyama area and in West Kelowna, but, he said the traps often don’t work that well because there’s so much human food available that it’s difficult to lure the animal into the trap for food.

People who leave fruit or nuts on their trees are often the culprits for attracting the big animals into a neighbourhood, but garbage left outside is also attractive. Bears have a very sharp sense of smell.

One of the most active areas right now is West Kelowna, he said.

Bears are fattening up for hibernation so need all the calories they can get in fall.

He asks that people report bear activity so conservation officers can keep track of problem bears.

Call in reports to the Report All Poachers and Polluters toll-free line: 1-877-952-7277.



Just Posted

Kelowna RCMP search for suspect who allegedly stabbed man

The victim is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

West Kelowna urges flood prep for residents

Warmer temperatures means melting snow, get supplies March 25

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce says federal budget missed opportunities

One area that was missed was tax competitveness

Kelowna petting zoo closing its gates

Hoof Prints Barnyard announced, Tuesday night, it will be closing

UBC Okanagan gets new softball team

The new team will be led by long-time softball coach Joni Frei

VIDEO: Sunny skies in the forecast makes for a great start to spring

Mostly sunny skies with a chance of rain by Friday evening in the Okanagan Valley

Avalanche at SilverStar sends one to hospital

A man has been sent to hospital after an isothermal avalanche at SilverStar March 20

Couple rescued after Sea to Sky Gondola refused ride down hill

‘We were cold as hell, my lips were blue. I cried the entire way down’

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. man sentenced for tying up, assaulting and robbing another man at hotel

Gabriel Stephen Nelson robbed and assaulted travelling businessman in Nanaimo in 2017

Deadline extended through April to nominate top B.C. educators

Second year of Premier John Horgan’s awards offers $3,000 bursary

B.C. girl and her toy monkey make videos to fight negativity on Facebook

Ava Ast created the Ava and Cello’s Good Deed Page last month

No cause yet for grassfire near Kamloops

Fire was about 1.8 hectares in size

Paramedic staff shortage at critical level: B.C. union

A number of units were out of service due to lack of staffing in Lower Mainland, union says

Most Read