Beaches and Bears: Pam’s prevalence in the community is ‘not a good situation’

Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

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As a general rule, the FWC does not relocate bears.

"There is no good place to put them. There is increased mortality when they are moved due to being in unfamiliar territory or encountering other bears that are unfriendly, or they tend to return to their original habitat. They tend to come right back to their territory. We have seen them travel hundreds of miles and be back to their original territory in two or three days," he said. "So, they are not moved often."

Kirkland tells of a beekeeper in the Point Washington area that had a nuisance bear, which was moved, but it soon returned.

Any bear that is handled in a nuisance situation, the FWC tags.

As for a solution to solving the problem of nuisance bears, Kirkland said the FWC is trying to get businesses to contract with waste providers to make it an option to bear-proof garbage cans. He said they cost more in areas where they are available, but they do work.

Secondly, there are bear-proof Dumpsters that are available to bigger businesses.

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