Fraser Valley Regional District officials reopened the off-leash dog park at Island 22 Regional Park on Oct. 8 despite repeated sightings of a mama bear and cubs in the park.
Last week FVRD staff took down a pear-laden tree inside the fenced in section of the off-leash park hoping that would eliminate the food source and send the bears on their way. The off-leash park was shut down on Oct. 7 and then reopened on Oct. 8
That’s added to many bear sightings and reports to WildSafe BC and to the Conservation Officer Service this season across the Fraser Valley as they try to fatten up for the winter hibernation period.
WildSafe BC said the number one draw for bears is attractants, and securing them becomes part of preventing any conflicts.
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