Tallus Ridge is set against a natural backdrop filled with all that West Kelowna has to offer. Part of what that includes are some adorably, fuzzy, neighbours: Bears!
With the weather cooling down and beginning to dip beneath the freezing mark, many bears are stocking up for the winter so you may notice a few more sightings than usual. While we all love to see wildlife in action (the countless deer around Tallus Ridge for example), bears can pose a bit of a problem in an urban area. Not just for humans, but many bears end up being destroyed as a result of them wandering too close to human nature.
There are, however, steps you can take to help make sure you don’t find a bear in your backyard playing on your trampoline. The City of West Kelowna and WildSafeBC suggest the following:
Securing garbage on non-collection days can prevent wildlife conflicts
Put out garbage only on the morning of collection by 7 a.m.
Keep your garbage bins clean
Kindly encouraging neighbours to put out their garbage at the appropriate times too, and offer to help out if they are unable to do so
Keep barbecues clean and covered
Pick ripe fruit and nuts
Clean up any fallen fruit and nuts
Mix garden waste well into your compost
Seal away and clean up any bird seed and pet food
Do not leave a jar of honey outside, they love that