Penticton Western News letter to the editor

Letter: A better way to handle bears

The solution is giving nutritious food that will keep them happy and at very little cost

I just finished reading the headlines about garbage fed bears (Penticton Western News, Sept. 12, ‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’).

It is a fact that bears forage in garbage cans and we do need better ways to handle this problem, but there are other ways to handle this situation too.

READ MORE: We are not ‘cold blooded killers’ when it comes to bears: Penticton conservation officer

In Banff, they have a place where black and grizzly bears eat and get along wonderfully. The rangers put out pumpkins and the bears love it. The pumpkins fill the bears up, as most bears that forage for food are pregnant and need nourishment for their babies that they will have during hibernation. Shooting a pregnant bear to me is like running over a deer multiple times to kill it (that cop could have used a stun gun to kill that deer).

READ MORE: ‘Garbage-fed bears are dead bears’ – Penticton conservation officer

Anyway, I hear no compassion for the bears in that article. Relocating will work if you give them something to eat. It’s hunger that drives them to us. They don’t like us anymore than we want them shot.

If the solution is giving nutritious food that will keep them happy and at very little cost to take a couple of trucks and haul pumpkins out of town, then I will volunteer my time to help. We are at a breaking point now with our wildlife going into extinction, that it would be reasonable to make smart choices.

Halloween could be a joyous time for man and beast.

Lyn Jaquish


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Penticton RCMP arrest man found ‘unlawfully in home’

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them

‘It’s about equality’ says Penticton man rallying for Black Lives Matter

“Canada is not exempt from racism and oppression,” said Geoff Stathers, standing with his #BLM sign

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinds all Grand Forks-area evacuation orders

Evacuation alerts for 1,136 Boundary properties remain in effect as officials monitor forecasts

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Filming to resume safely later in June: Okanagan Film Commission

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said they want to start filming again later in June

Kelowna RCMP investigate woman’s sudden death

Criminality is not suspected at this time, according to RCMP

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

WATCH: Burned out car be gone thanks to Vernon dealership, ski resort

Bannister GM Vernon and SilverStar Mountain Resort team up in road cleanup

‘We either make a difference or we don’t’: Revelstoke teen leads protest in support of BLM

Revelstoke joined cities across the world protesting against racism and police brutality

Cyclist ‘seriously injured’ after collision with dump truck in Kelowna

The woman sustained injuries to one of her legs, according to RCMP

Most Read