Bear Aware is getting prepared for a busy summer.

Time to be Bear Aware

Some advice from Bear Aware about the busy summer season.

Sadie Parr

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There have already been numerous sightings of black bears just outside of Golden.

Sadie Parr, Golden’s Bear Aware community coordinator, said residents should know bears are now trying to make up the 30 per cent of body weight that they have lost over their long winter’s hibernation.

“Bears are hungry and looking for food wherever they can get it,” said Parr. “Now is the time to keep bears from developing bad habits by practicing some good habits of our own.”

Please remember to:

Store garbage and recycling bins cleanly and securely with lids down

Only put bins on curbside the morning of collection, after 6am

Barbeque season is back- keep your barbeque covered and clean, no dirty utensils or food left outside

Bring birdfeeders inside for spring and summer.  To attract birds plant native flowers or use bird baths

Bring pet food inside and store indoors

Turn compost regularly and cover with a lid.  Add browns EACH TIME you add fruits or veggies.”

Parr will be setting up a Bear Aware display at the Golden Library for people to check out between June 5 – June 12.  Parr’s next public events include a table at the CCRR Teddy Bear Picnic June 7, a presentation at the Northern Lights Wolf Centre Open House June 16, and a presentation and display  at the Master Composting Workshop  on June 23. She encourages the public to come out and meet her to learn more about what they can do to help reduce human-bear conflicts in the Golden Area.

Golden Bear Aware is kicking off a colouring contest with the help of the Golden Star Newspaper.  Colouring sheets can be picked up at the Golden Star office and returned before June 30 to be eligible for  a prize.  All entries will be displayed in the front window.

To learn more about managing wildlife attractants visit the Bear Aware website www.bearaware.bc.ca. You can also reach Sadie Parr at 250-290-1222 or golden@bearaware.bc.ca.

Bear Aware gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Columbia Basin Trust, a regional corporation created to deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits to residents of the Columbia Basin.  The Bear Aware program is supported by the BC Conservation Foundation, the BC Ministry of Environment, and the Town of Golden.

To report a bear sighting or wildlife incident, call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.