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UPDATE: Girl injured by a bear in a North Vancouver park; bear 'food-conditioned' says COS

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July 25, 2020 - 9:34 AM

A 10-year-old girl was bitten on the leg by a bear at Rice Lake Park in North Vancouver, according to B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service.

"The girl was walking along a trail with her family on Friday afternoon when a bear approached them. As the family and a bystander tried to scare the bear away, the bear bit the girl. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries," the Conservation Officer Service said in a press release.

"The COS has received multiple sightings of a small black bear in the park. Discarded food and garbage have been noted by CO’s in the area. COs believe the bear is exhibiting signs it was food-conditioned and habituated to humans."

The forested area is surrounded by wildlife and Conservation Officers urge the public to be cautious when outside. The COS recommends people walk in a group, make noise, carry bear spray and never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.

Conservation Officers will continue to have a presence at the park, which is expected to remain closed for at least five days as the investigation continues.

The COS urges the public to secure all attractants as the best way to help prevent wildlife conflicts, whether at home or outside. The COS also continues to work with wildlife groups in the area as part of ongoing outreach efforts to educate the public about attractant management.


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