Public urged to become bear aware

With spawning salmon and ripening fruit across the Central Okanagan, bears move down into the valley in search of food.

  • Sep. 10, 2012 10:00 a.m.

It’s time visitors to local regional parks beef up their bear awareness.

With spawning salmon and ripening fruit across the Central Okanagan, evidence of bear activity is increasing as the bruins move down into the valley from the higher elevations in search of food.

The signs that bears are more frequent visitors are occurring all over the Central Okanagan Regional District, including Mission Creek Regional Park, along the Mission Creek Greenway, in Mill Creek Regional Park and in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.  They’re also known to frequent other more natural regional parks like Kalamoir, Glen Canyon, Rose Valley, Cedar Mountain and Bertram Creek.

“This is the time of year that we start seeing more bears in some of our regional parks,” said CORD’s Bruce Smith. “As reports of bears increase, signs are posted advising all park users that the animals may be active in the area.”

To reduce your chance of encountering a bear, you should travel in a group, make noise or carry something that makes noise. During fall fish spawning season, it’s not unusual for park visitors to encounter bears along local creeks and rivers, as kokanee are a plentiful source of food.

Just Posted

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Rutland rallies behind Chiefs impressive season

The Kelowna Chiefs will finish atop the KIJHL, and conclude season this weekend in Rutland

City of Kelowna raises concerns over safety, policing with COG organizers

The mayor said it was a mutual decision between organizers and the city to postpone the festival

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Kelowna Rockets make stop at B.C. Parliament building

The hockey team snapped a picture while in Victoria Tuesday

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Crash closes highway between Vernon and Lumby

Traffic being routed around the scene

Level nightclub will be closing

Vehicle located in 2018 Shuswap abduction attempt

Chase RCMP say car used has since been sold, suspect still at large

Cougar ‘living’ next door to Okanagan elementary school

Conservation Office has been alerted and monitoring large cat

Dog dies in Kamloops RV fire

According to a fundraiser posted on social media, the cause of the fire was electrical

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

Most Read