Last November, a black bear started raiding the fruit trees, garbage cans and compost piles in homes backing onto Basil Creek, on Cortes Island. In response to a complaint, the Conservation Officer Service brought a trap over to the island. If they had caught the bear, it would have been put down – but the Squirrel Cove Bear escaped.Continue reading Update on the Squirrel Cove Bear
An injured Red-Tailed Hawk was recovered and recently released by a local wildlife advocate.
Cortes Currents reached Autumn Barrett-Morgan at home, by zoom, for the story.Continue reading Cortesians rescue Red-tailed Hawk, forge relationship with MARS
“This is black bear country. It has always been black bear country. Northern Cortes Island is likely where most of the bears live. Black bears can travel very far in one day and they are good swimmers. They do travel from island to island and there are likely year-round bears here. In the fall of 2019, there was a bear sighted at Blue Jay Lake. Then in April 2020, there was a black bear around Green Mountain. Since then, we’ve had conflicts with two bears: one in Whaletown and one in Squirrel Cove,” said Autumn Barrett-Morgan, a volunteer co-ordinator with the Friends of Cortes Island’s wildlife COEXistence program.Continue reading Coexisting in Black Bear country