It is hunting season and most of us are out in the backcountry scouting for game. Since the change in weather in Southern BC, the animals are coming down the hills and are feeding in town. Urban wild life has always been a problem across BC and can cause problems on your job site.
One of my custom home builder clients had to implement a new housekeeping rule on their jobsite in Naramata, BC. The crew needs to remove all human garbage from the site at the end of the day. A black bear has been ripping through the neighbours garbage in the development. The bear was so aggressive that it tore open the top of the neighbour’s jeep and destroyed the doors. Wildlife conservation has been notified and the community needs to avoid putting out garbage overnight.
Jobsites sometimes get treated like garbage dumps. Crews toss their chicken bones on the ground. The site is often littered with Timmies cups, granola bar wrappers and Subway napkins. The mentality is that the ground will be backfilled soon anyway. Our miny-landfill at the job site is creating the same problem that we find at our local dumps- bear fodder!
The development in Naramata is rural. This week there has been wild times on the job in the city as well. Yesterday, a coyote chased a four point buck right through our large construction site in West Kelowna. All crew stopped and stared. It was a remarkable sight.
If I only had my bow. Keep your high viz vests on to be safe!
Happy hunting! Have a safe season and enjoy the harvest.
This video is of a black bear on a jobsite in the States. Watch this and take note of how not to interact with a bear. It is a simple illustration of how a bear on a jobsite could quickly become a nuisance and a serious problem. Share your wild stories with us!