It was a close call for a camper on a popular Squamish trail.
“Literally in between a bear and her cub.”
Camper and photographer Mark Burnham awoke to a startling discovery.
“A brown bear poking its nose by my hammock,”
It happened at Pebble Creek/Keyhole Falls near Pemberton.
He does admit, though, he and his group were aware there were bears in the area.
Burnham says he was terrified.
In front of him, one bear, behind him, four cubs.
He says he clapped, made some noise and the bears eventually wandered off.
“It wasn’t in a big hurry, it wasn’t afraid of me but it wasn’t showing any aggressive signs either.”
That incident, along with others, has forced the B.C.’s Ministry of Forests to close the trail.
The province says bears are attracted by food, especially garbage at the 42 kilometer mark of the upper Lillooet Forest Service Road.
They add warning signs were posted several weeks ago, but were repeatedly removed.
Anyone who trespasses could face a $115 dollar fine.