Black bear visits Rutland
Aug 27, 2013 / 3:08 pm
Monday Aug. 27 3 p.m. update: Susan Cormier says the black bear she reported over the weekend is still hanging around her neighbourhood.
She says the bear is staying between Hollywood Road South and Teasdale Rd. going between the orchard and the stream.
"It could be 300 or 400 pounds. It's a big bear and there are a lot of kids in the area and people should be warned," says Cormier.
It was no picnic, and this was no teddy bear.
Actually, it was a real live black bear, not uncommon in the Okanagan, but not necessarily welcome in urban neighbourhoods, either.
A young black bear paid a visit to a Hollywood Road neighbourhood this morning, surprising one family, not just because of the fact that it was a bear, but because he was in such close proximity to their home. In fact, he was only about 20 feet from one couple's back door when they snapped photos of the bruin.
Susan Cormier, who reside on Hollywood Road South, decided to do exactly what she had been told is the best defence against such an unwelcome visitor.
"We were told to make lots of noise to scare him away," says Cormier.
Black bears are the smallest of the bear species, but easily the most abundant and, although they tend to live in forested areas, they do occasionally enter urban areas because of the attraction of easy food sources. Omnivores, black bears will eat just about anything, but are especially drawn to the scent of garbage.
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