It’s that time again to be Bear Aware. In the Fall residents may see bears within city limits as they begin to look for food again before hibernating. The City of Merritt asks residents to manage their household attractants such as garbage, bird feeders, fruit trees and barbecue scraps. We need to ensure that bears are not learning to find unnatural foods in our community. This can lead to food-conditioning, a learned behaviour where bears associate people with food.
Click here for a brochure on Black Bears from WildSafeBC.
Bear sightings can be anonymously reported through the R.A.P.P. (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877- 952-7277.