Bear traps come up empty on Cape Sable Island says Natural Resources

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So far bear traps have not worked on Cape Sable Island.

By Amy Woolvett

It seems the Cape Sable Island intruder is smarter than your average bear.

The Department of Natural Resources has been trying to trap and release the pesky bear since midway through August to no avail.

Reports of the bear first came through to the department on Aug. 8 and a trap was set Aug. 18.

Residents were quite surprised to see bears, which have not seen on the island in recent years.

“DNR officials are closely monitoring this black bear issue and are aware of the level of interest in the community,” said spokesperson for the DNR, Bruce Nunn.

The first trap that DNR laid was unsuccessful in its attempt to trap the bear.

“They put in place a baited bear trap in a location where the bear was most present,” said Nunn.  “But after 12 days the bear has not taken the bait.”

DNR officials have replaced the trap with a second trap.

“That amount of time with no capture is unusual and tells us this particular bear seems to be aware enough to be wary of the trap,” said Nunn.

While the second trap is of the same design, the wildlife technician is hoping the new trap will have less human scent on it.

“It may mean his is familiar with the traps and wants to avoid them because they are associated with people,” said Nunn.

Meanwhile they encourage residents to pay attention to the list on the DNR website of ways to detract bears from entering your yard including removal of compost bins, birdfeed, pet food dishes and garbage.  A list of tips can be found at http://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/bear/

DNR said if a bear becomes dependent on people food they may have no other choice but to kill it. 

 

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Cape Sable Island

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