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Bear Sighting at Cottonwood Island Park

Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 4:03 PM
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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.


A bear in a wooded area near a river. You don’t say.

Walk with people that can’t run as fast as you can. Reach down and undo your friends shoe laces. Carry a smelly fish with you and slip it into your friends pocket if a bear comes for you.

    You forgot about the bells! LOL
    Don’t need ’em with smelly fish…………
    Buddy saw a sow with 5 cubs earlier this year. Good berry season last

Usually just let them know you are there and just passing through is good enough… But if it’s a black bear and it does get aggressive a good kick to the nose will send them running. I knew a guy that raised an orphan cub once out Willow River, and that’s how he trained it to keep it away from the bbq. They have a sensitive nose and black bears don’t much care for a confrontation with anything that fights back.

A grizzly on the other hand…. run for your life and try to climb a big tree… If he gets you play dead is what they say, but easier said than done.

    That works great expect for those times when the black bear decides to attack you.

If attacked by a bear: it will first charge you. As its running towards you, just as it gets to you it will have its mouth open. Jam your hand down its throat as hard as you can, until you can grab its tail from the inside. In one quick motion pull the tail towards you. This will turn the bear inside out and it will now be running away from you 😂

Ha, ha, ha! It won’t be able to run from you though. It will just lie there, looking like a bag full of bobcats, with its legs inside!

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