Decorations for Halloween started going out in mid-September in the province and by now many houses are decked out in spooky decor. However, this holiday season of candies and pumpkins also means being extra bear-aware.
According to Maple Ridge WildSafeBC Coordinator Dan Mikolay, it is crucial to stay cautious leading up to and through Halloween and make sure nothing edible is left outside that would attract bears.
“Pumpkins should be stored inside especially in areas with a lot of bear activity,” he said, adding that people should bring them inside on Halloween night after trick or treating is over.
Mikolay emphasized that not all bears hibernate come winter and each year they see a bear or two stay out all winter even.
“If there’s food available male bears could pull through all winter. Bears are still eating 20,000 calories a day,” added Mikolay.
Candy bowls for trick or treating could also serve as attractants for bears.
“Refrain from leaving a bowl of candy outside for trick or treaters. Bears have been known to raid candy bowls,” Mikolay explained, adding that people should also be refraining from fireworks as they not only frighten domestic animals but also upset wildlife.
And be extra vigilant about attractants like garbage and bird feeders, he said.
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