Be Aware of Bears
Friday, June 4, 2021
There have been numerous bear sightings and conflicts in recent weeks on the western side of the County, particularly in the area from Cochrane to the Elbow River. The best way to stay safe, prevent property damage, and avoid conflict with bears is to not attract them in the first place. You can safely manage attractants and reduce the likelihood that bears will be attracted to your property by:
- Securing and storing garbage, pet food, and compost in bear-resistant and odour-proof containers or buildings.
- Removing bird seed. The majority of birds do not require seed during the summer months.
- Cleaning barbecues after each use.
When exploring the area, be sure to travel in groups, carry bear spray, and keep pets on a leash. If you encounter a bear in the wild, follow these steps:
- Stay calm and do not run. Stay with your group and keep children close.
- Back away if you see cubs or an animal carcass. The bear will want to protect them.
- Prepare to defend yourself with bear spray.
- Back away, leaving the way you came. Keep your eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively.
- Speak to the bear in a soft, low voice. Let the bear know that you are human and not prey.
Residents can report any wildlife safety concerns (bear conflict) to the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or online.
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