District of West Vancouver is urging the community to keep their food and garbage away from the reach of bears after reports of bears having been sighted in four neigbourhoods.
In the past two days, the district has received four reports of bear sightings in West Van neighbourhoods of 17th Street at Inglewood Avenue, Inglewood Avenue at Aubeneau Crescent, Esquimalt Avenue at 11th Street, and Citrus Wynd.
These bears are hungry and are attracted to food in your garbage and Green Can. The only way to keep these bears in the wild and out of your neighbourhood is by keeping all attractants in your garage, basement or wildlife-secure place.
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Meanwhile, North Shore Black Bear Society is again reminding people that black bears are active across North Shore as they travel extensively in search of food to prepare for winter dormancy.
According to the society, 11 bears have been killed so far in North Shore this year.
“Reports are coming in from all three municipalities. Bears are accessing garbage, unpicked fruits, bird feeders, compost, outdoor freezers and other unnatural food sources. If you leave food out for bears they are shot and killed. There are currently traps set in multiple locations. Help us to reduce the number of human-caused bear deaths on the North Shore by reporting bear or attractant sightings,” says the Society.