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Bear Update:

Yearling Bears I

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This spring more than 300 activity reports of yearling bears have been documented and will be described during the next column, Yearling Bears II. Yearling behaviour is progressing at dangerous levels of food-conditioning where these young, impressionable bears are lured into backyards, onto decks, and into houses.

Any aggressive or damaging bear behaviour – including bears attempting to get into homes – must be reported to Conservation officers. Call 1-800-665-1388.

Spring Bear Count

Thanks to everyone’s input on the spring bear count during May and June. I’m hoping the bear count becomes tradition (much like a bird count) as every spring residents and visitors to Whistler find themselves delving a little deeper into the lives of local black bears.

The spring bear count and genetic tagging (hair-trapping) were made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Whistler and logistical support from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler-Blackcomb bear viewing program, Fairmont Chateau Golf Club, and Whistler Museum and Archives Society. Everyone’s interest yields that much more success in the conservation of Whistler black bears. Count results will be posted in the Pique during mid-July.

Questions, information, and to report single yearling and bear family sightings (for research) call me at 604-902-1660 or e-mail mallen_coastbear@direct.ca

If you experience aggressive bear behaviours (property damage and/or home invasions) please also call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-800-665-1388. Options for more effective management may be taken in the best interest of the bear if the officer knows about specific problem behaviours immediately.

Thanks to Pique Newsmagazine for sponsorship of Bear Update columns.