Bears pay price for in-town garbage and fruit buffets

From Jan 1. to Nov. 2, 30 black bears have been destroyed in Tri-Port area

Bears are paying the price for in-town garbage and fruit buffets.

From Jan. 1 to Nov. 2 of this year 30 black bears have been destroyed in the Tri-Port area, says Conservation Officer James Hilgemann, who is stationed in Black Creek. Twenty-four black bears were put down by conservation officers and another six were killed by others such as property owners or RCMP, Hilgemann said.

Two bears were hazed away from the area using things like rubber bullets, dogs or noise. Two cubs, Jordan and Athena, were taken to the Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington for rehabilitation. No bears were relocated, he said.

Currently, Conservation has two bear traps set up in Port Hardy and one in Fort Rupert.

Filling up their bellies to prepared for hibernation is the main focus of bears right now. “They’re feeding like mad to put on calories,” Hilgemann, adding that bears will start to den and “disappear for a couple to three months” depending on conditions.

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation officers killed a total of 1,872 black bears over the past four years across the province. Just 126 black bears were relocated during that same time period, 464 were hazed, and 137 cubs were taken to rehabilitation centres.

At their meeting Nov. 10, District of Port Hardy Director of Corporate Services Heather Nelson-Smith said an overview of the Bear Smart program and what is required is being prepared by Crystal McMillan, who did a survey on the community’s green belts, drainages and waterways which are hot spots for wildlife.

This will allow the district to come up with a plan which they can include in the 2016 budget, said Nelson-Smith. The district does have a bylaw in place about garbage. It states that people are not allowed to store garbage or waste in such a mannner that it will attract domestic animals or wildlife; that all garbage shall be stored in an enclosed building, shed or storage facility  or in a locked container.

Garbage containers can be out between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a property owners designated garbage collection day. People who violate this bylaw are considered guilty of an offence and can be fined between $100 and $250.

Just Posted

New look and feel on the horizon for Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill

“We are hoping between now and then to do another fundraising campaign for acoustics”

North Island Bantam Eagles capture Tier Three banner with win over Powell River Kings

The Eagles next game is Jan. 19 against the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies at 4:00 p.m. in Port McNeill.

Mainroad meets with Regional District of Mount Waddington

“It was really nice to have Mainroad there to give a presentation to the RD”

Port Hardy council agrees to list question and answer period on agenda packages

CAO Allison McCarrick confirmed the question and answer period will be listed on the next agenda.

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Second fatal crash occurs in Alberni Valley

Traffic on Highway 4 is being re-routed as investigators are en route

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

VIDEO: Mattress fire at Cowichan Hospital under investigation

The Cowichan District Hospital was locked down on Tuesday afternoon due to… Continue reading

Most Read