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UPDATE: Bear warning issued for West Kelowna trails

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May 01, 2020 - 3:37 PM

West Kelowna has issued a public alert for a bear in the area.

The City issued a bear-in-area notice this afternoon, May 1, for a black bear that was seen with an unknown number of cubs on and around Mt. Boucherie and Rose Valley trails, according to a City media release.

The City recommends that residents:

  • Make noise
  • Travel in groups
  • Keep dogs leashed
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it

If you encounter a bear:

  • Back away slowly, while talking in a calm voice
  • If charged, stand your ground and deploy bear spray
  • Report encounters to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277

With more people staying home, and changes in food purchasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. Conservation Service and regional districts are reminding residents to be bear aware as bears wake up and begin seeking food.

For more tips visit WildSafeBC.

— This story was updated at 4 p.m. May 1, 2020, to include the Rose Valley trails.

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