On November 8, the Conservation Officer Service (COS) responded to reports of a smaller, untagged bear in the Balsam Way area attempting to gain access to two homes through closed windows. The COS also received a report of a bear eating citronella candles on a deck in Rainbow.
The COS is urging the public to be extra vigilant at this time of the year while bears seek additional food sources as they prepare for hibernation. Allowing bears to get comfortable around people and our homes leads to habituation. Bears that become habituated and/or human food-conditioned are more likely to try and gain access to homes which creates a public safety risk and puts the bear at risk as well.
The COS is requesting that residents:
- Store all attractants, including anything with a scent, in secured buildings.
- If it is safe to do so, make loud noises to move a bear away from residential areas and back into the forest.
- If the bear fails to leave after making noise, call1-877-952-7277 so that the COS can use non-lethal hazing to move the bear back into the forest.