Fruit, spawn­ing salmon, parks and bears

The Daily Courier - - WESTSIDE WEEKLY -

With peo­ple re­turn­ing this week to sev­eral in­ter­face area re­gional parks that had been closed due to the fire haz­ard, the Re­gional District is re­ceiv­ing more re­ports about bear sight­ings.

Vis­i­tors can en­counter wildlife at any time. But this time of year, vis­it­ing re­gional parks re­quire more bear aware­ness.

As Koka­nee salmon spawn and fruit is ripen­ing in or­chards across the Cen­tral Okana­gan, ev­i­dence of bear ac­tiv­ity in­creases as their search for food brings them into the Val­ley from the higher el­e­va­tions.

Ev­i­dence that bears are around is al­ready oc­cur­ring along the Mis­sion Creek Green­way, in Mis­sion Creek and Scenic Canyon re­gional parks. They’re also known to fre­quent other more nat­u­ral re­gional parks like Wood­haven Na­ture Con­ser­vancy, Ber­tram Creek, Johns Fam­ily Na­ture Con­ser­vancy, Kalam­oir, Glen Canyon and Rose Val­ley.

“Every year around this time our parks staff and vis­i­tors start see­ing and re­port­ing bears in some of our Re­gional Parks,” RDCO com­mu­nica-

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