Bear activity increasing in Regional Parks

8/31/2012

As the summer season winds down here in the Central Okanagan Valley, both visitors and the public are reminded to keep an eye out for bears in our many Regional Parks.

There have been signs of bear activity in 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.

Bruce Smith, Communications Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) says,"We are seeing more evidence of bears and more sightings of bears throughout our Regional Parks, as the salmon start to spawn in our creeks and fruit ripening in the valley, the bears start to make their way down from higher elevations in search of their winter food source."

Both visitors and the general public should travel in groups while walking along trails, carry something to make noise with, and try to stay clear of rivers and creeks, places where bears may be actively looking for food.

Officials have placed extra signs throughout the many Regional Parks warning of possible bear activity.

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