Bears spotted in Knox Mountain Park
Contributed/City of Kelowna
Image Credit: Wildsafe B.C.
October 20, 2016 - 3:48 PM
Knox Mountain enthusiasts and nearby residents are reporting recent bear sightings in Knox Mountain Park.
It is not unusual to see bears in the park at this time of year and signs are in place to caution residents that there are bears in the area.
People should respect bears by anticipating and avoiding encounters with them whenever possible. Stay alert while enjoying natural parks. Travel in groups when possible, make noise and keep dogs leashed and on the trails. Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. If encountering a bear, reduce potential conflicts by staying well away from the animal.
Residents can notify either the Conservation Office at 1-877-356-2029 or the RCMP at 250-762-3300 if they feel threatened by a bear (911 should be used in the case of an emergency only). Residents are also reminded to be ‘bear smart’ and follow some useful tips from the WildSafeBC website, which include storing garbage in a secure building until collection day.
Bear information links and safety tips:
British Columbia Parks Bear Safety
Ministry of Environment Bear Smart program
For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
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