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Bears call Lake Country home

Bears spotted in several areas around the district
A young cub spotted by a garbage in Lake Country. (District of Lake Country)

The Lakes, Gatzke, Hare and Commonage Roads are just a few places bears have been spotted in Lake Country.

The District of Lake Country is warning residents to be aware of their surroundings as bears share the same landscape.

“As long as a bear is moving through our community, is not lingering, and is not interacting with us or our property then there is no conflict,” stated the district.

Bears move through communities when they are trying to access a natural food source such as a fish-bearing stream or trying to get to foraging opportunities on the other side of what was once their normal home range.

The district cautions that when bears quit moving through the community and start foraging the area for human-provided foods, then conflicts develop. Bears that start using human-provided foods can become food-conditioned, this can lead to them losing their natural wariness of humans and becoming what is called human-habituated.

“We can help reduce conflicts with bears by securing attractants and preventing bears from becoming food-conditioned in the first place,” explained the district.

Report all wildlife conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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