Young bear trapped in Port Hawkesbury suc­cess­fully re­leased

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Wildlife of­fi­cials have re­moved a sec­ond black bear that was hang­ing around town.

Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources spokesman Bruce Nunn said the an­i­mal was live-trapped and suc­cess­fully re­leased. An­other black bear that was seen roam­ing through a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood was eu­th­a­nized ear­lier this month.

Nunn said bear sight­ings are com­mon in Cape Bre­ton this time of year. Nat­u­ral Re­sources of­fi­cials have re­ceived about six calls re­gard­ing black bears in Vic­to­ria County and are mon­i­tor­ing sev­eral bear sight­ings in In­ver­ness County.

Sarah Spencer, a Nat­u­ral Re­sources bi­ol­o­gist who works in In­ver­ness and Vic­to­ria coun­ties, said many re­ports in­volve young bears that are set­ting out on their own for the first time.

“Bears mate in early sum­mer, and prior to mat­ing sea­son the mother bear en­cour­ages her young, who are about a year and a half, to leave the fam­ily unit,” she said. “These young bears head out on their own in search of their own ter­ri­tory and some­times come close to res­i­den­tial ar­eas in search of food. It is of­ten these young bears that we re­ceive re­ports about this time of year.”

Spencer said if you en­counter a bear, it is im­por­tant stay at a dis­tance, make noise and give the bear a clear path to exit. She said the best way to avoid en­coun­ters is to make sure there is no food to at­tract them into res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

“So, it is re­ally im­por­tant to make sure garbage is cleaned up and com­post bins are stored in se­cure sheds or garages if pos­si­ble. Bird feed­ers should be re­moved from April to Oc­to­ber as they are an at­trac­tant as well.”

For in­for­ma­tion on bear en­coun­ters and tips to avoid at­tract­ing bears, visit https:// no­vas­co­tia.ca/natr/wildlife/ nui­sance/WhenBearsBaN.pdf.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A black bear is shown in this file photo.

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