The provincial conservation office is reporting that bear conflict complaints have nearly doubled in British Columbia over the same time period last year. Golden, however, is defying the trend.
Officers received 8,900 calls about black bears between April 1 and Aug. 1 of this year, up from 4,900 such complaints during the same period in 2016, said Chris Doyle, deputy chief with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.
“I know that other areas have seen a big increase in calls,” said local CO Dan Bartol. “But we seem to be the exact opposite.”
Bartol’s coverage area has been relatively quiet, however he expects that will not last the rest of the season.
“Golden has been very fortunate…but I expect that is going to change,” he added.
He can only speculate as to why Golden is not as busy as it was last year, but Bartol suspects that strong berry crops, and the new bear resistant bins that were rolled out in certain neighbourhoods around town, may have had something to do with it.
With this hot dry weather, however, that may change soon.
Bear sightings can be called into the RAPP line at 1 877 952-7277