Northern Bear Aware Issues Plea After Bear Destroyed
By 250 News
Prince George, B.C. - Conservation Officers were forced to shoot a young black bear in the Heritage subdivision on Thursday and Northern Bear Awareness says the incident could have easily been prevented...
Bear Aware Community Coordinator, Rachel Caira, says the bear was drawn into the area by a large number of mismanaged fruit trees, before being destroyed on Claxton Crescent.
Caira says, after a relatively quiet summer, calls to the Conservation Officer Service are steadily increasing as apple and crab apple trees have ripened throughout the city. While many people plant crab apple trees as ornamentals, the fruit must be picked once its ripe, and not left to rot on the ground.
"This fruit is the number one non-natural attractant for bears at this time of year," says Caira. "It doesn't matter if you live on the outskirts of Prince George, or if you live in a downtown residential area, bears are able to get into your neighbourhood in the search for food."
She says the ongoing fruit exchange program has been very successful this year, with 120 participants either donating or accepting fruit. Caira adds that a small volunteer crew has been put together to assist people who may not be able to pick their trees themselves, but she's encouraging neighbours and family members to work together to keep their neighbourhoods safe.
To join the fruit exchange program, you can call 250-649-8745.
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They should have tranquilized and relocated this bear instead of shooting it.
There was no mention of the bear having been a menacae to people, other than it's mere presence. The bear is non coming into the subdivision to scare and threaten humans. it is foraging, looking for food.
It is true that people should get off their duffs, get outside and pick the fruit trees of their bounty, but I suspect that the odours presented by household garbage and outdoor grills are enough to attract a hungry bear too.
Give me a break!!!!
blaming the City for the destruction of this bear. The problem is exactly what
Noseverance wrote, the City does not practise what it enforces. Guaging your reaction, I'm guessing you work for the City.
This bear did not have to be killed, destroyed, put down, whatev ver you want to call it.
I have bears around my place and I do not put my garbage out until just before pick up (8:00am because we are in a heavy bear area) and I don't even have a compost pile. I am always upset that the young bears are killed each year and yet they do not bother people or our pets.
People from all over the world spend money to go to Jasper to see the bears and we could make PG a bear tourist area too.
Why not strategically plant these trees in areas in the back country and set up a rotten fruit dump in an area not to populated,or just kill all the bears,kill all the bears...save all the people.
It's illegal to feed bears, plain and simple.
If you have apple or other fruit trees use the fruit or get rid of them.
Bears are going to be with us for a very long time and no one or thing will end them being dispatched when they come into contact with humans.
That was preceded by the first post by NoSeverance who wrote: "First off who is going to fine the City of PG for not picking their apples? They don't practice what they preach."
I suspect opinionated is trying to figure out where the City has planted apple trees. I know that I have never seen apple trees planted on the front of houses in the public ROW. Maybe there are some somewhere since I certainbly don't travel on every single street on a regular basis.
So, detoe43, I am always willing to learn. Has the City planted apple trees in the vicinity of Claxton in this case? And if not there, where has the City planted apple trees? And if they actually have planted apple trees, are city workers who take care of mowing parks, etc. not picking up the fruit or replacing those apple trees? If there are City apple trees, do we need a City apple tree replacement program as well as a private apple tree replacement program similar to the wood stove exchange program?
Come on, spill it. What is the public apple tree situation in this city?
I hope that the Conservation Officer has the ability to ticket private owners of property for flagrant disregard of the requirement to pick up fallen apples leading to the reckless endangerment of the lives of innocent bears shopping at their organic food store.
If so, and if there are public apple trees, then I would think they have the ability to fine the owners of those as well if the fruit is not picked before the bears access it.
So why would the fruit not be allowed to be put in the dump?
Because city workers and admninistration can't get thier act together, that is why.
It seems reasonable that they do not want fruit dumped into garbage dump areas since that would likely attract bears even more than the plain old ordinary organic garbage.
So, it is garbage, however. So the City ought to make alternate arrangements. Where is the list of stuff that the City will not take and the information right next to it of how to get rid of it.
That is known in the retail world as customer service.
So apply that logic to this city and bears. Build a fence around the city. Keep moose, deer and bears out. The do it along highways, why not the city.
We could probably get some help from Stephen Harper's government. ;-)
I agree with most of you exept "give me more" and "opinionated".
We (humans) moved and keep moving into
the areas the wildlife used to "own",
so we have to do the right thing and
manage wildlife around our areas without
just killing them! The city is so into
improvements (spending), so what does it
take for them to build a fence, maybe
wireless around our city. Just a little
electric fence around the garden keeps them animals away, so why all the killing,
do some "saving wildlifes" solution!
After all, we canadians are proud of our
wildlife in front of the whole word.
Spend less on human greed and senselessness
and take care off (without killing)
our heritage and pride!
To pretend that picking some fruit off trees is going to solve the probelm is totally unrealistic.
I mean we just saw a few years ago how the subdivision plan for the Tyner area included wildlife corridors instead of including human corridors that are protected from wildlife intrusion.
I think we simply need to face it, we are capable of protecting both wildlife and humans and their domestic animals. EWven if we were to follow all the guidelines we would not achieve 100% protection from each other.
Harmonious living with potentially dangerous wildlife is through separation, not integration. Separate the land use into human and domestic animals exclusive (urban and suburban areas within city limits); wild animal exclusive (wildlife reserves); and human, domestic and wild animal integrated (forest and range land).
WPO's (Wildlife protection orders) to the residents. While there is no immediate fine
if these residents do not keep their area attractant free until the bears go to sleep they will forced to pay in fine around $600 bucks.The city as no laws in place to fine residents yet.
Saving wildlife from unnecessarily
killings is not "mission impossible",
can be done the right way just have
to "wanna do it".
several crab apple trees at the west end
of 15th Avenue, at the east end of the Cottonwood Island Trails overlooking the junction of the Nechako & Fraser Rivers,
several places around the City where there are berry bushes all clearly on City land.
I also never wrote anything alluding to apple trees in the Claxton area but
Moores Meadow is behind Claxton & has always been a haven for bears (also City
I'm sure there are other areas in the City that I don't know about but you did
Yes, the City has signs up warning about bears in such places as Ginters, Moores Meadow and Cottonwood Island Park. I would expect to find berries in all those areas.
I have a cute picture of a cub sitting just off River Road near the Park parking lot playing with an empty 4litre milk jug. Not sure where the mother might have bought that. :-)
IF YOU DON'T GIVE THEM A REASON TO STAY THEY WILL GO AWAY.
The city is surrounded by forest and there will be encounters with wildlife,how we react to these encounters will provide its own solutions.
I hope this information is helpful
(or is it passed....)