Bear Sighting at Cottonwood Island Park
Prince George, B.C. – If you were thinking of going for a walk at Cottonwood Island Park this afternoon you may want to change your plans.
This as a black bear was sighted there just after 3:00 this afternoon. Denny Chretien with the Conservation Officer Service says if you do come into contact with a bear to take the following precautions:
- Don’t approach the bear and make sure it’s aware of your presence. He says you can accomplish that goal by yelling loudly.
- If the bear is at a distance, watch it “do it’s thing” and remove yourself from the area and if you do leave the area do not leave any food, including dog food, on site.
- Don’t run. It’s better to slowly walk away from the area keeping eye contact on the bear and back away slowly.
Chretien adds it’s not uncommon to see bears this time of year.
“Bears are out there. There are family units that people should be aware of. Usually that’s sows with their cubs. The cubs are still vulnerable and the mothers are there to protect them.”
Prince George RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass is aware of the sighting and recommends avoiding the area.