Fruit, spawning salmon, parks and bears
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-