With a string of recent bear encounters in the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver’s mayor is asking residents to take steps to ensure there’s no snacks attracting the big animals.
Darrell Mussatto says people need to be extra careful about leaving trash out and says with fall arriving there’s another piece to the puzzle.
“It’s been a very good year for fruit in the Lower Mainland, and of course bears and wildlife know that. And when they come down to look for it they find it if it’s not picked up. So we want to make sure that we really manage all of that fruit properly so really keep those attractants away from those bears. Of course if we do that, the bears won’t come down. They’ll stay back where they normally live up in the mountains.”
Access to food has been blamed for several recent bear incidents — including the Port Coquitlam mauling of a 10 year old girl by a bear who had reportedly been eating compost.
Conservation officers say bears that become used to human food often must be destroyed.