Fall’s here in Port Coquitlam, and that means more than just the kids being back in school. It’s that time of year when the local bears start to pack away the food gearing up for their big winter sleep. This leads to a good news bad new situation.
Good News: The bears are foraging! Yay! They are after those high impact foods that nature intended for them, instead of the quick fix, big consequence garbage diners. This is a welcome sight in my neighborhood. More and more home owners are taking the steps to lock up their cans, and keep these bears out of our trash. After all,when it comes to trash, a fed bear = a dead bear.
Bad News: The fall forage means more bears in the local creeks, bushes and nature trails (even in my neighbor’s back yard!). It’s not just us enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. So if your out taking advantage of the great green spaces all around us, please be aware of whose company you may be keeping. A little further down that path, or up a tree might be a bear. No one wants an unwelcome guest ruining your day, so make sure to let them know your there by adding a jingle bell to your belt, or by keeping an air horn on hand. Then we can all neatly avoid each other.
Gotta love this nature channel, right in my own backyard.