Wondering where the wildlife is? WildSafeBC has you covered

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - It’s spring and that means there are lots of wild baby animals roaming around, but hopefully not in backyards and towns.

In the Thompson-Okanagan, black bears are the most common wildlife spotted. There have been a total of 42 black bear sightings in the last two weeks; three in Kamloops, eight in Naramata, 15 in Vernon and 16 in Kelowna, according to WildSafeBC.

But bears aren’t the only predators lurking around; there are reported sightings of cougars, wolves and bobcats across the region.

WildSafeBC has an online Wildlife Reporting Program where residents can report sightings and search for reported sightings in their area.

Officials recommend concealing garbage until the morning of pick-up, storing pet food, and not hanging bird feeders, to prevent bears from entering residential yards.

Last week, a young, unhealthy bear was euthanized after it tried to enter a Naramata home. It was reported that the bear was looking for food.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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