Whistler on bear alert as bruin gets into 20 cars in search of food

Bear breaks into 20 cars

B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service is warning Whistler residents that not all bears are hibernating after one broke into as many as 20 vehicles recently.

The first incident happened Nov. 26, when some time overnight the bear opened six unlocked cars doors and, in at least one case, found a food reward.

“Two nights later, we received several (more) reports of numerous cars being opened,” said conservation officer Brittany Mueller. “There have been reports of damages in some of those vehicles, but in most cases the bear is opening the door, inspecting the inside and, if there’s no reward, it will leave and go on to the next car.”

As long as bears can find a food source, they won’t hibernate, she added.

To that end, residents are advised to lock their car doors, close the windows, and ensure there’s no trace of any food or any item with smell in the vehicle.

“Because it’s food driven and has had some success breaking into vehicles, we have to be extra diligent,” Mueller added. “This bear knows what it’s looking for now.”

Anyone who spots the bear is asked to call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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