A recent string of lower mainland bear attacks may have hikers and campers on high alert.
And that’s exactly how they should be, according to Bear Smart BC executive director Crystal McMillan, who spoke on the Simi Sara show with Mike Smyth.
She says the biggest step in being “bear aware” is to keep a keen eye on your surroundings.
“We need to look and see if there’s bear sign in the area, is there bear resistant containers, is there scat anywhere nearby, I mean doing your best to be looking for these preventative signs before we enter the trailheads is really important.”
Officials have also issued a specific warning for Capilano River Park area where they’re working to find a bear who approached a man earlier today.
What if a bear approaches you?
Slowly backing away or using stones to throw at the bear are McMillan’s tips for surprise encounters.
But she also says there are some sightings that are tough to prepare for, and that even the type of bear can make a big difference in what happens next.
“Grizzly bears will attack from a defensive point of view, where black bears are usually only attacking when there’s you know, kind of a surprise encounter like this or they’re looking to predate on something, right.”
Bear safety isn’t just for the forest, McMillan says homeowners need to lock up their garbage as well.