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Bear poop found in Knox Mountain Park prompts warning from City

A black bear is seen in this undated WildSafeBC photo.
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September 03, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The City is reminding residents to be on the look out for bears in Knox Mountain Park after bear scat was spotted recently.

There have been no sightings reported in the park, but the City is warning residents that's it's not unusual for bears sightings to occur this time of year, according to a City of Kelowna news release.

The regional district is also warning about bears in regional parks with spawning kokanee salmon and ripening fruit in orchards and vineyards. These are a few seasonal attractants that bring bears down into the valley, according to the district's news release.

WildSafeBC says bears feed voraciously as they fatten up before winter arrives and the denning period begins.

READ MORE: Here's what you need to know about hungry bears in B.C.

Here's a few tips from the City to help you stay bear aware:

• Don’t travel alone whenever possible
• Make noise or carry a bear bell
• Keep dogs leashed and on trails
• If you sport a bear, reduce potential conflict by staying well away. Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or cubs.

If you spot an aggressive bear call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Here's a handy safety guide to wildlife in the region's parks.

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