Estuary Trails Re-Open Following Bear Attack

Updated May 13, 2024:

The Conservation Officer Service investigation has concluded that the recent bear attack in Squamish was defensive in nature. The bear will not be captured or put down.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday, a woman was walking her dog along a trail south of Bailey Street when the dog ran off into thick brush. The woman then noticed two bear cubs and was suddenly charged and bitten by the sow, which ran off. The woman received medical attention for non-life threatening injuries.

Conservation Officers remained in the area for several days during their investigation, which included an assessment of the attack site, as well as interviews with the victim.

Trails are re-opened to the public but the COS urges people to give bears space, make noise to avoid surprise encounters and leash pets at all times.

The public is asked to take precautions in case of wildlife encounters, including travelling in groups and carrying bear spray. For more tips, visit WildSafeBC

Report bear conflicts to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277. 

Original story - May 11, 2024: Estuary Trails Closed Following Bear Attack

Caution tape and barricades have been installed to close trails leading into the Squamish Estuary. This is due to a bear attack that happened Friday evening, May 10. People are asked to keep out of the area.

Conservation Officers are in the area today as their investigation continues. Thankfully, the injured person is expected to recover.     

Please stay out of the area.

This situation will be updated as more information is available. 

Please report all bear conflicts and aggressive bear behaviour to the Conservation Officer Service 24-hour Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

Learn more about bears in Squamish: squamish.ca/bear-initiatives

May 11, 2024

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  • Janel Danering May 15, 2024, 1:21 AM (11 days ago)

    Wildlife comes first. I am a dog owner but never walk off leash in this area. There is no way to control others from keeping their pets on-leash except to close the estuary to keep everyone safe.

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