Canadian bears end long hibernation

May 14, 2011
A black bear scavanging in California's Sequoia National Park in 2009. Bears in westernmost Canada have begun leaving their dens in search of food after hibernating for the winter, officials said Friday, reminding residents to put away tempting treats to avoid deadly encounters.

Bears in westernmost Canada have begun leaving their dens in search of food after hibernating for the winter, officials said Friday, reminding residents to put away tempting treats to avoid deadly encounters.

Between April 1 of last year and March 31, 2011, conservation officers responded to 2,827 incidents in the province in which bears were "acting aggressively or public safety was an issue," said a statement from the British Columbia environment ministry.

A total of 23,240 bear sightings were reported.

The brushes near cities and towns most often ended badly for the bears, with 675 killed and 125 relocated into the wilds. No data on human injuries was provided.

"Though there has been a downward trend over the last 15 years in the number of problem bears killed, last year's number was higher because of poor availability of natural foods, which meant bears were searching out other, non-natural food sources," the ministry said.

To avoid fresh conflicts with bears in residents were urged to put away garbage, bird seed and . As well, they were asked to pick ripe and fallen fruit daily and to clean barbecue grills after each use.

"People should never approach a bear and should not run from it, as can move very quickly," the advisory concluded.

Explore further: Chimps with higher-ranking moms do better in fights

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Study: urban black bears 'live fast, die young'

Sep 30, 2008

Black bears that live around urban areas weigh more, get pregnant at a younger age, and are more likely to die violent deaths, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

When bears steal human food, mom's not to blame

May 07, 2008

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) found that the black bears that become habituated to human food and garbage may not be learning these behaviors exclusively from their mothers, as widely ...

Bears not sleeping during warm winter

Dec 22, 2006

Scientists, calling it another sign of climate change, say European brown bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of northern Spain.

Pa. bear hunt may set record

Nov 18, 2005

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said this year's black bear season, which opens Monday, is likely to produce some exceptionally large bears.

Recommended for you

Baleen whales hear through their bones

10 hours ago

Understanding how baleen whales hear has posed a great mystery to marine mammal researchers. New research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford and University of California, San Diego engineer ...

Starving honey bees lose self-control

14 hours ago

A study in the journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters has found that starving bees lose their self-control and act impulsively, choosing small immediate rewards over waiting for larger rewards.

Chimps with higher-ranking moms do better in fights

Jan 28, 2015

For chimpanzees, just like humans, teasing, taunting and bullying are familiar parts of playground politics. An analysis of 12 years of observations of playground fights between young chimpanzees in East ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.