Time to be Bear Smart!

Trail and Greater District

2024-04-02 14:07 PDT

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The early spring has Kootenay bears waking up! They are hungry after their long winter nap and looking for any available food source, including human garbage and food waste. Every year, hundreds of bears are destroyed as a result of conflicts between people and bears. Conflicts can occasionally lead to scary close encounters, and on a rare occasion, human injuries and deaths.

Fortunately, BC has Bear Smart community programs in many areas and there is plenty of information available on the provincial website: Bears - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

You can report aggressive or threatening bears to 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP), or contact your local police.

If you encounter a bear:

Make noise if you are outside and carry bear spray if you are planning an outdoor activity like taking a hike.

Released by:

Cpl. Brett Urano
Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-4006
Cell: 250-402-3746

Email: brett.urano@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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