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Officially, autumn begins on Sunday, September 23. Realistically, it’s already arrived.

Regardless, with summer time’s scorching days now a reminiscence and cooler temperatures now the norm, with leaves starting to show color, apples being harvested and salmon starting to spawn, annual fall warnings about bear consciousness are being unfold.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan stated that throughout the area, bear exercise within the Valley will seemingly improve as they depart greater elevations searching for meals.

The RDCO says guests to native parks needs to be looking out for bears.

Regional District of the Central Okanagan


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“As expected at this time of year, our parks staff and visitors usually see more signs of bears in some of our regional parks, including Mission Creek, the Greenway, Scenic Canyon, Bertram Creek, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir, Glen Canyon and Rose Valley,” stated RDCO communications officer Bruce Smith. “As sightings increase, we post signs advising that the animals may be active in the area.”

Conservation Officers say bears have already been noticed in a number of neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna.

Smith added “to reduce your chance of coming upon a bear, travel in a group if possible and make noise or carry something that makes noise. During the fall fish spawning season, local creeks and rivers can be teaming with spawning salmon. As a result, you may find bears taking advantage of this plentiful food source. Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water. If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.”

The RDCO added that bears, throughout this time of the season, will be aggressive, particularly when defending meals or their cubs. They even have glorious senses of scent and listening to, and that canine house owners are reminded that their pets have to be leashed and saved on trails always.


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The RDCO additionally stated that space residents may also help stop bear confrontations by holding their rubbish securely saved and solely wheeling their rubbish cart out on the morning of their common curbside assortment.

“With fall around the corner, this is the time bears amp up foraging activity to increase fat stores for winter denning,” stated RDCO waste discount facilitator Rae Stewart. “The finest recommendation in the event you stay in an space vulnerable to wildlife-reduce your threat of battle and take duty on your trash.

“Bears in particular, but other animals as well. have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned which leads to them posing a risk to you, your family, and your community,”

Wildsafe B.C. has ideas you’ll be able to observe to maintain wildlife wild and assist stop battle:

  • Only put rubbish out for assortment on the morning of pickup, not the night time earlier than.
  • Encourage neighbors to do the identical, supply to assist if they aren’t in a position to put rubbish out at applicable instances.
  • Secure your rubbish on non- assortment days.
  • Consider freezing your kitchen scraps till the morning of assortment day.
  • Keep your barbeque clear and lined.
  • Pick ripe or fallen fruit, combine properly into your compost bin, or put in yard waste cart.
  • Use birdfeeders solely within the winter.

Please report human-bear conflicts to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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