Bird feeders attracting bears in Okanagan

Conservation Officer asks residents to remove bird seed and secure garbage

Bird lovers are warned that feeding their feathered friends could attract some unwanted furry friends, and fines.

“Yes the bears are out,” said Conservation Officer Tanner Beck, with the North Okanagan zone.

There have been sightings of bears snacking on bird food near Spallumcheen, in the Desert Cove and Stepping Stones areas.

The Conservation Officer Service reminds residents to remove not just bird seed, but pet food, compost and pick fruits and vegetables as soon as they are ripe.

“Leaving out an attractant and attracting a bear to any land or premises may result in charges under the Wildlife Act,” said Beck.

There has also been the odd issue with bears getting into garbage, prompting a reminder for residents to secure their garbage until the morning of pickup.

“By secure I mean in a garage, shed or other structure not accessible to bears NOT in a garbage can left outside,” said Beck.

READ MORE: Bears spotted near Enderby

READ MORE: Okanagan alligator lizards slither out for spring


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bearsWildlife

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

A bear climbs a post in the Stepping Stones area near Vernon to snack on some bird food on Sunday, May 10. (Submitted Photo)

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Coalmont woman airlifted after ATV crash

Off-road vehicle swerved to miss oncoming traffic

Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

The managed seasonal worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Princeton high school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

Bench plaque recognizes former Summerland firefighter

Volunteers with fire department set up plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

Kelowna high school football star, water skier, signs with University of Calgary

Isaac Athans, and his family, have a long history of success across various sports in the Okanagan, nationally

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Shuswap resident spots waterspout near Salmon Arm

The rare weather event was spotted early in the morning on July 4.

Police searching for missing Lake Country man

David Anthony Jenken, 65, was reported missing Friday and was last seen on June 28

Most Read