It transpires each calendar year in late summer time when the bears are out and about foraging for what ever they can eat to get their fat on for the future winter season. In Banff, Canada, this is also when the Shepherdia (a.k.a. buffalo berries just one of bears’ preferred food items) are ripe. Which suggests, the bears will be out executing their detail in some of the exact areas that individuals most like to recreate. This can be problematic, and extra often than not, it’s the bears who close up suffering the most.
A few a long time back, a six-calendar year-previous female grizzly bear (Bear 148) was relocated in her household variety, and then translocated out of the Bow Valley simply because of her unlucky interactions with humans. Shortly following her next, extended-distance transfer, she wandered into British Columbia and was shot—grizzly bear searching is not unlawful in B.C.
Yet taking pleasure in nature among the bears is attainable, and staying a dependable human is the suitable detail to do. Due to 148’s demise, the community labored jointly to arrive up with a detailed report on Wildlife and Human Coexistence. Despite the fact that the report was produced for the Bow Valley, it is made up of information and facts that is pertinent for any spot wherever humans and wildlife coexist.
We sat down with Invoice Hunt, Useful resource Conservation Manager for Banff Countrywide Park to get guidelines on how to be “bear aware” in bear habitat.