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Posted: August 23, 2012

White bear cubs have returned

The white bear cubs have been around the District of Elkford recently, particularly in the Elkford Campground and on Cariboo Drive.

They have been accessing garbage. Although these animals are beautiful and interesting, it is important to remember that they are wild animals that can be potentially dangerous. Living in a rural wilderness community comes with great responsibility, as we frequently come into contact with wild animals. Properly storing or securing residential garbage and items which draw bears is a proven method for discouraging them and preventing nuisance problems around homes and neighbourhoods.
If there is no food source for bears to access within town, they will return to the wild. The District of Elkford would like to urge residents to do everything possible to bear-proof their homes and yards. Please pick fruit and berries, store garbage in a secure garage, shed or outbuilding until pick-up day, place birdfeeders out of reach, use a proper compost bin and clean barbeques after use. Even if you have not had bears accessing your fruit or garbage, they may in the future if other readily accessible food sources are removed.
These bears are at risk of being relocated out of the area or being destroyed, as they have become habituated to garbage, and are now posing a significant risk to humans.
Please, do your part to help keep these bears safe and wild.

To report a bear sighting or problem, call 1-877-952-7277
Remember: A fed bear is a dead bear.

District of Elkford

Photos by Kristy Anonson/via http://elkvalleybearaware.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/more-photos-of-elkfords-white-bear-cubs/

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