The provincial coordinator for Wildsafe BC says there have been few conflicts between humans and bears so far this spring.
Frank Ritcey credits rainy weather for the improvement, saying all the moisture means there is lots of green grass in the hills and bears are munching on that after coming out of hibernation, rather than rummaging through garbage cans.
But Ritcey says residents across the province should start their “bear aware” programs now, in order to head off problems later.
He says garbage must be secured until the day of collection and bird feeders should be removed or emptied to avoid attracting unwanted bruins.
(With files from The Canadian Press)