The sudden summer snow this week is having an impact on wildlife in the Calgary area too.
Thursday morning, there were reports of bears and bobcats wandering into some neighbourhoods. Skye Burgan at the Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation tells 660News it’s bad timing for animals just starting to get ready for winter.
She says there are ways to keep wildlife from looking for food in your yard.
“We always tell people just to make sure that they don’t leave any extra food if they’ve got you know cats and dogs outside and if they leave food outside to quickly put that away because that will attract any animal really. As well as any garbage or recycling that’s exposed, anything that has a scent will attract any type of animal,” Burgan said.
Don’t panic if you see a bear nearby as they may just wander off; however, you should call Fish and Wildlife if you think they pose a threat.
Burgan asks people to keep an eye out for wildlife displaced by the storm, some of whose homes have been destroyed by falling branches.
She says five ducks were just dropped off and that’s unusual for this time of year — they got lost and cold because of the unexpected snowfall.