Bears are everywhere

Bears everywhere. It’s one of the things that makes life interesting in this part of the world, adding a bit of excitement. It gives us something to write about as well, which we do pretty much every year. It pays to be careful, etc.

Meanwhile, are bears getting bolder? More desperate? More accustomed to people, yards, urban settings? Or maybe just more numerous? There are almost as many theories as there are bears. Berries are good – therefore bears are in town. Berries are bad – ditto. Whatever the case, black bears are numerous. They and the white tail deer and the cougar are certainly bigger in numbers than they were in the 1960s. Wolves too, probably. The caribou goes in the other direction. Moose seem to be holding their own.

The good thing about bears in berry season is they pretty much ignore anything else that may be going on around them. Although if a beaver wanders by, the bear will probably grab it. A Fish & Wildlife officer told us that. A beaver is like ice cream to a bear, he said. Maybe a small dog as well.

If you are worried about bear encounters, maybe it’s best to stay off the trails along the creek in Slave Lake for the next month or so. You never know. They are definitely out there.

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