A wildlife management group expects more grizzly bear sightings than normal in Kimberley this summer.
This from WildSafeBC’s Kimberley/Cranbrook branch, who says the number of sightings around the two communities has increased over the past few years.
Community Coordinator Danica Roussy says the BC Conservation Officer Service receives nearly 500 calls a year regarding grizzlies.
She expects that number to be much higher this season.
“That can be partially due to all the food attractants we have in town, natural and non-natural,” Roussy says. “Being garbage, compost, bird feed to apple trees, fruit trees in general and livestock in the bordering city limits.”
Roussy says the animals are being seen in high numbers around Kimberley Alpine Resort, Townsite and areas near the platzl due to easy access to attractants.
“There’s lots of restaurants, we’ve got street bins, garbage bins and lots of residents nearby as well,” Roussy says. “There’s a lot of people coming in and out that don’t necessarily know the bylaws and how to manage your attractants properly.”
(Photo of grizzly spotted on Eager Hill near Cranbrook, courtesy of WildSafe BC Kimberley-Cranbrook)
– Wildsafe BC Kimberley-Cranbrook Community Coordinator, Danica Roussy
– Jeff Johnson