Grizzly bear sighting in Garibaldi Estates prompts warning

UPDATE: The Conservation Officer Service has been successful in capturing the grizzly bear seen earlier today in Garibaldi Estates. While the grizzly bear will be relocated, this is an important reminder for residents to manage and remove wildlife attractants, including fruit from trees.

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The Conservation Officer Service and District of Squamish are issuing a warning to residents in the vicinity of Government Road and Garibaldi Way in the Garibaldi Estates neighbourhood following a grizzly bear sighting late afternoon on Thursday, September 10.

The Conservation Officer Service is actively monitoring the situation and nearby residents are being urged to exercise caution, walk in groups and keep dogs on leash.

Bears are known to travel large distances; please practice the following safety tips regardless of area:

  • Be alert and aware: Anticipate wildlife sightings and watch for signs of fresh activity such as paw prints and scat, especially during the early morning and evening.
  • Avoid surprises: Make noise and use your voice to make your presence known.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it: Watch this video to learn how to use it safely.
  • Don't take photos: Give wildlife their space and do not stop to view, photograph or feed them.
  • Back away: During a wildlife encounter, do not run or ride away, back up slowly and never turn your back to the animal.
  • Always leash your dog: Dogs must be on leash to avoid harassing wildlife and further contributing to an unsafe situation.

Please report sightings to the Conservation Officer 24-hour hotline at 1.877.952.7277.

September 10, 2020

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