RCMP receive multiple calls regarding bear sightings in the community

Burns Lake

2021-09-29 07:43 HAP

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The Burns Lake RCMP have received several calls of bears seen in the village, with three calls this past week. One of these bear sightings was in an area close to Lakes District Secondary School.

Conservation Officer Service (COS) and RCMP continue to patrol the areas and are asking residents to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.

The RCMP typically see a spike in bear reports from early May through September as residents and visitors come in more frequent contact with the animals. While seeing a wild animal up close can be shocking, it is important that the public understand the facts on bear encounters and how to react if it happens to you.

According to the COS a very small percentage of human-bear interactions result in attacks or even aggressive/threatening behavior. In most cases the bears are simply observed going about their bear business.

The RCMP and the COS have some tips to keep in mind:

•If you see a bear that is going about its regular bear business such as walking through your yard,
trails, or open park spaces, don’t panic, leave it alone and do not cut off its escape path. It is normal
for bears to roam through urban areas, especially as development encroaches on wild space. Report the sighting to the COS.

•Bears are attracted to a number of human produced attractants such as garbage, BBQ’s, ripe fruit and bird feeders. If you encounter a bear feasting on these irresistible food sources or a bear that is acting threatening or aggressive call the COS 24hr hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP. Dispatchers can provide advice for sightings when public safety is not threatened and a Conservation officer may be dispatched depending on the circumstances.

•If the bear poses an immediate threat to public safety call 911 for police response.

Diffusé par :

Cap. Madonna Saunderson

S.-off. conseillère de district (relations avec les médias)
District du Nord
4020, 5e Avenue, Prince George (C.-B.) V2M 7E7
Téléphone : 250-561-3166
Cellulaire : 250-301-3521

Courriel : madonna.saunderson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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