West Vancouver park board has installed bear aware signs on the Capilano River trail in the Capilano Regional Park after reports of a bear on the trail.
The sighting was on the west side of the river.
People using the trail and possibly entering from Keith Road or Rabbit Lane should be aware, said Christine Miller of North Shore Black Bear Society.
“People on the trail should use their voices to prevent a surprise encounter. If the river is running loudly or if it’s windy, voices need to be louder. Our voice distinguishes the walker as a human. Bears don’t want to be close to people,” she said.
“If you encounter a bear enjoying natural foods on the trail, such as salmon berries at this time of year, it is best to leave the area to give the bear his space, and call 604.317.4911 to report the sighting,” Miller said.
Miller said she has also contacted Metro Vancouver and asked them for trail signage. She is urging residents to report any bear sightings at northshorebears.com or at 604-317-4911 so information can be provided and signage can be arranged.
West Vancouver citizen Dave Watt was hiking up Capilano Canyon last week when he saw a ‘good sized’ black bear feasting on fresh berries.
“This was on the Westside trail, parallel to Capilano Suspension Bridge. We were told, that there were a couple of cubs nearby, but we didn’t see them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Metro Vancouver is also asking people to be bear aware at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, where a bear has been regularly seen.
“It’s best to hike with a friend (or two) and make some noise as you go (e.g. talking, singing) to let wildlife know that you’re in the area,” the parks advisory said.
If you do encounter a bear, don’t run.
Face the bear and back away slowly. Stay calm, and talk to the bear in a confident voice, and make sure the bear has a clear exit.