We have a bear that is actively residing and seeking food in the stadium area. We ask:
With winter fast approaching, bears are driven by the need to consume as much food as possible. The stadium and flats draw bears into the area due to berries and food left by people.
The conservation office has been called and a file is open to monitor.
A reminder of how you can be bear aware while outdoors:
When on a trail:
Make noise. Don’t surprise a bear. Call, sing, clap or talk loudly especially near streams and in areas of low visibility.
Be alert. Watch for bears or their scat and tracks, any strange smells or disturbed vegetation. Be aware of wind direction and speed. Extra caution is warranted when the wind is facing you.
Stay together. Hike and bike in groups and don’t let children wander. Larger groups (4 or more) are less likely to have a negative bear encounter.
Watch your pets. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Dogs can provoke defensive bear behaviour.
Use officially marked trails. Travel during daylight hours. Bears are most active at dawn and dusk.
Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
If you encounter a bear:
If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not.
Back up slowly
Never turn your back on a bear, or run. Running could trigger an attack.
Do not stare
The bear will see a direct stare as a challenge.
Give it space
Make sure it has a way to get away, and that you are not blocking access to a bear’s cubs or its food.