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Berries bring bears

A West Kelowna woman who was surprised by a mother bear and two cubs in her yard wants to warn the public to be careful. She has spotted the bear family two days in a row.

Caroline Fransen says she looked out the window of her Glenrosa home on Gates Avenue at about 11 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday). "I saw a big bear standing there and my daughter had just gone out the door, my seven year old, to go to the office which is just across the driveway. So I was kind of in panic mode."

She called her husband at the office to make sure he kept their daughter inside.

Fransen's son then pointed out the two cubs, which spiked her concern.  "I'm not too worried about one bear but with the babies there…  I've got a little girl, it's kind of nerve-wracking, but kind of fascinating at the same time," she says.

Fransen called the conservation office and left a message on their recorded reporting system, telling them where she saw the bears.

The bear family was back again this morning (Wednesday), feeding on ripe Saskatoons. "I'm a little concerned because they're coming back. We have a lot of Saskatoon berry bushes. We're on acreage, but we're very close to subdivisions so I just wanted to make sure that people knew they were around."

The family is taking precautions. Fransen says they have an air horn to use if they see the bears while they're outside, and a dog who accompanies them.

Fransen has mixed feelings about her visitors.  "Very cute, but dangerous."

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