Heads up folks. Due to bear activity in Mundy Park, the City of Coquitlam has decided to close some park areas for public safety reasons.
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“Please remember when using the park to keep your distance if you encounter a bear (selfies are not a good idea!)” reads a tweet put out by the city.
Due to bear activity in Mundy Park, the City has closed some park areas for public safety reasons. Please remember when using the park to keep your distance if you encounter a bear (selfies are not a good idea!), remain calm and back away slowly.
— City of Coquitlam (@cityofcoquitlam) July 11, 2019
In addition, cooking and hot food are temporarily prohibited at the park as well to make sure visitors are safe.
A bear sow and cubs have been sighted frequently in Mundy Park and there have been human-bear conflicts when there is food available. Traps have been set up in the park to locate the bears and ensure they have not become habituated to food sources.
Once the bears have been relocated, the food restrictions will be lifted.
Before you visit Mundy Park, here are some things to keep in mind:
- No barbeques, cooking or hot food is permitted until further notice. Packaged or cold foods are ok but must be properly disposed of in bear-proof bins or taken home.
- Avoid bringing smelly foods to the park.
- Never leave food or garbage unattended, and do not leave bags or backpacks containing food unattended.
- Always dispose of garbage in the bear-proof bins throughout the park.
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.
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