Bears leave, park reopens
Oct 12, 2013 / 9:46 am
After a one month closure, the main trail in Hardy Falls Regional Park, which was closed September 12 due to bear activity, is once again open to visitors.
“The animals that forced us to temporarily close the trails appear to have moved on,” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith.
“However, people visiting Hardy Falls Regional Park should continue to be vigilant and be prepared for possible encounters with bears and other wildlife. We’ve posted signs in areas where bears have been active. Evidence of bears continues to be found in many regional parks including Mission Creek, the Mission Creek Greenway, Bertram Creek and Rose Valley Regional Park.”
To reduce your chance of encountering a bear while hiking, it’s recommended that you travel in a group, make noise or carry something that makes noise in advance of your presence to alert wildlife.
“If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it,” says Smith.
Dog owners are reminded when in Regional Parks that their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times. Provincial Conservation Officers are advised of the bear sightings and along with Regional Parks staff, monitor the situation in local parks.
Residents are also reminded to keep garbage securely stored on their property and not to put out garbage carts until the morning of regular curbside collection.
The Mission Creek Greenway, from Layer Cake Mountain Lookout to the Field and McCulloch Road parking areas, remains closed due to continued cougar activity in the vicinity.
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