Prince George is bear habitat. Despite all the trees and roads, our city is situated along two major rivers and is rich in green spaces that serve as travel corridors for all sorts of wildlife. Bears frequently pass through our neighbourhoods (just look at our bear sightings maps!), and most people are happy to have the chance to see them so close to home. However, it is up to us to make sure that these wild animals do not become habituated (lose their fear of humans) or food-conditioned (used to seeking out unnatural food sources), for these situations lead to potential safety risks when bears come too close to humans. Since we share the same habitat, it is very important to ensure that we properly manage all potential bear attractants so that our wild neighbours will not linger in our yards.
There are several key tips to follow to eliminate bear attractants in your backyard.
Unnatural attractants refer to items that are not usually found in the wilderness and that attract bears into the city, such as garbage, pet food, bird-feeders, compost, fruit trees, etc. By eliminating or managing the unnatural attractants in your yard, you can reduce the chance of human-bear conflict.