Coquitlam resident Astar Henry returned home Sunday night (June 13) to find a big bear on the street — posing for photos.
The “gorgeous brown bear” has been travelling for years through the Pipeline Road/Robson Drive area, which is close to the Coquitlam River.
“We have many bears walk through our street. [We] don't wish them any harm,” the Tri-City News reader wrote in an email yesterday (June 15).
Bear sightings are common in the Tri-Cities.
Earlier this month, Metro Vancouver shut Oliver Road to Coquitlam’s Minnekhada regional park to vehicles because of bear traffic and the “high potential for negative human-bear interactions.”
Wildsafe BC cites the following tips as bear season continues:
- Keep your garbage in or secured until the day of collection. Garbage is the number one attractant cited in reports to the provincial hotline
- Manage your fruit trees
- Don’t let windfalls accumulate, and pick fruit as it ripens
- Don’t put out bird feeders when bears are active
- Keep your compost working properly with lots of brown materials and a regular schedule of turning
- with files from Kyle Balzer, Tri-City News