Bear Sighting Prompts Closure In Metro Vancouver Park and Nearby Trails

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Coquitlam River Park

Due to a bear sighting in Coquitlam River Park yesterday, July 17th, the BC Conservation Service has set a live bear trap.

As a result, nearby trails have also been closed.

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The City of Coquitlam says that “food & garbage was an attractant for the bear”.

Just last week, parts of Coquitlam’s Mundy Park were also closed due to bear activity.

In addition, cooking and hot food are temporarily prohibited at Mundy Park as well to make sure visitors are safe.

If you happen to come across a bear, keep these tips in mind:

  • Stop and remain calm. Often the wildlife is just passing through and will simply move on if it finds no food source.
  • Do not scream or run.
  • Make yourself look big.
  • Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly.
  • Bring pets and children into the house.
  • When inside, you may use an air horn or loud noise to scare away the animal and let it know it’s not welcome in your yard.

For bear activity at a park, check out this map put together by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF).

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