In anticipation of Halloween, a warning from the BC Conservation Service:
Wait until Halloween night to put out your pumpkins, and throw them in the trash right after the treats have been handed out.
“Pumpkins – if they are out, can also bring bears close to a residence.”
Chris Doyle with the BC Conservation Service says bears are preparing to hibernate.
“We’re experiencing high numbers of conflicts in some communities, higher than some years. We are expecting to see bears out until Halloween. And they are trying to put on calories this time of year.”
He adds the North Shore and the Tri -Cities, especially Coquitlam – as well as Maple Ridge – see high numbers of bear activity.
In the meantime, the bear believed to be responsible for an attack on homeowners in Squamish has been relocated.
Conservation officers trapped the bear on Saturday.
This past Thursday, a couple was attacked while sitting in the backyard of their Garibaldi Estates home, suffering minor injuries.
More than 20 bears are being tracked throughout Squamish’s urban neighbourhoods as they compete for food sources.