WildSafe BC’s Kimberley-Cranbrook branch has released stats regarding wildlife encounters in the area dating back to January 1st.
Community coordinator Danica Rousey says bear encounters are down province-wide.
“We actually have a record low of both grizzly and black bear reports for the province. So it’s actually hard to pinpoint the reasons behind this trend, but we hope that increased attractant management and education is one of them.”
In Cranbrook there’s been 12 grizzly sightings and 11 black bear encounters.
In Kimberley 7 grizzly run-ins have been reported and 44 sightings of black bears.
Rousey says more deer sightings can be expected in our region.
This as rutting season is approaching
“That’s when the bucks begin to rut for breeding season, and it’s triggered by the reduced photo period of the short days in the fall. So we do expect the deer encounters to rise.”
Since January 1st 162 deer encounters have been reported in Cranbrook while 71 have been spotted in Kimberley.
Three cougars have been spotted in Cranbrook over the past 2 months and five in total in 2018.
In Kimberley there’s been 2 cougar sightings with both instances happening over the last 2 months.
– Danica Rousey – WildSafe BC, Kimberley-Cranbrook Community Coordinator
– Photos courtesy of WildSafe BC