Bear family sets up in park

It's not surprising that tourist families find Waterfront Park a relaxing place to spend some time.

In this case, a mother bear and her cub are the visitors, so the City of Kamloops has formally closed off a section of the city park for the safety of residents, and the bears.

"For both public and animal safety, this area has been temporarily closed off. Conservation Officers and Bylaws are onsite monitoring the bear activity," the city said in a release. 

Bears close Kamloops park

The public is asked to avoid the area, this includes either side of the park, the city said. When public is in the area, it creates an environment where the bears do not feel safe to move on.

"Riverside Park remains open, as the distance between the current location of the bears is not a threat to activities in the park. Residents are asked to ensure that any garbage is picked up and properly disposed of in the garbage bins provided so city staff can collect and dispose of the garbage to reduce enticement to the bears, the city said.

Residents are reminded that the Bear Smart Bylaw is in effect between April 1 and Nov. 30 and infractions may result in a $100 fine.

The park entrances as well as the walking bridge are closed to the public.

For updates, visit Kamloops.ca/Notices.

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