While a pumpkin may seem like only a seasonal decoration to you, it’s a tantalizing meal for a hungry bear.
With this in mind, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service is asking you to only put out pumpkins on Halloween, especially if you live in a neighbourhood that attracts lots of black bears.
The service warns that bears are looking to pack on calories before denning, the scent of a carved pumpkin on a front porch could bring them right to your doorstep.
They want to make sure the only guest on your front porch is a trick-or-treater.
Last month, conservation officers received 5,070 calls for black bears, up almost 1,400 from the previous September.
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Officers also had to destroy 142 of them and had to rehab 10 cubs.