We have been hearing of bear encounters in and near local communities more and more. Recently, Naramata became BC's newest Bear Smart Community. The reason they were celebrated as a Bear Smart Community is simple: garbage and attraction management. By implementing restrictions around garbage and attractants (think fruit left on fruit trees), the community of Naramata was able to reduce the annual "destruction" of bears from seven to two bears in just four years.
How can you avoid a black bear encounter?Be Alert: keep your eyes and ears open.
Make Noise: making noise lets bears know you are in the area; radio, moving
machinery, the sound of human voices, and auditory scare devices
Food: keep all food and drinks in sealed containers and store used wrappers and
uneaten food and drink back inside the container
Keep pets on a leash: dogs are a good first warning of intruders, but can also be
prey, and can lead the bear back to you. Keep pets indoors or close by at night.
Black Bear attacks are extremely rare, but knowing how to respond may save yourself and others. Learn more about Black Bears, including what to do IF an encounter occurs in Living with Wildlife in BC: Black Bears.