Photo: Julie Murakami
It’s a lesson Julie Murakami won’t have to be taught twice. On March 20, the Squamish resident looked up to see the face of a black bear in her kitchen window.
It was destroying her bird feeder.
This serves as a good reminder for other homeowners to take down and put away their bird feeders, she said.
Murakami says she “stupidly forgot” to remove hers.
“We were eating dinner when this happened,” she says.
Murakami scared the animal off by turning the vacuum cleaner on.
“We remembered that unnatural mechanical sounds are best for scaring off bears,” she said. “He left muddy paw prints on our kitchen window, so we are so lucky he didn’t break the window.”
“They do have an incredible sense of smell,” says Vanessa Isnardy of WildSafeBC. “They say it is more powerful than a bloodhound.”
Black bears account for 14,000 to 25,000 calls per year to the Conservation Officer Service, according to WildSafeBC.
Aggressive bears or ones spotted in urban areas should be reported at 1-877-952-7277.