'This is a first': Longtime Skaha Beach resident spots black bear visitor on security camera

Bear cruises by Skaha Beach

Chelsea Powrie Judy Lloyd

A Penticton woman has seen all manner of critters in her Skaha Beach Drive yard, but she was surprised when her security camera captured a black bear this past week.

"We have lived in this house for 47 years and this is a first!" Judy Lloyd told Castanet.

In the footage, the bear clambers over Lloyd's gate, then lumbers past her planters.

It was a thrill to see for Lloyd, and a good reminder for the community at large that bears are out and about and looking for food.

BC Conservation Service reminds the public that in general, bears that get accustomed to eating garbage or to human interaction are not good candidates for relocation, and a sadly preventative number of bears need to be destroyed in the province each year for public safety.

Easy steps for any resident in the South Okanagan or Similkameen who want to keep the local bear population safe include keeping garbage inside the night before pickup, or freezing compost items to cut down on their scent.

A complete list of tips and tricks from WildSafe BC on how to be bear safe can be found here.

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