Cal­gary sight­ings prompt warn­ing

Calgary Herald - - FRONT PAGE - ANNA JUNKER

Mul­ti­ple bear sight­ings are prompt­ing warn­ings from of­fi­cials to keep garbage se­cured as bears may come into the city look­ing for food as they fat­ten up be­fore the win­ter.

On Fri­day morn­ing, a bear was spot­ted near the Glen­more Reser­voir. Bren­dan Cox, spokesman for Fish and Wildlife, said a per­son spot­ted the bear from a dis­tance and did not have a “neg­a­tive or dan­ger­ous en­counter.”

“This is a nat­u­ral area that forms part of a wildlife cor­ri­dor with many dif­fer­ent species of an­i­mals trav­el­ling through at any given time,” said Cox in an email to Postmedia.

Then, around 9:30 p.m. on Sun­day, a bear was sighted in the Glen­more Land­ing area in the city’s south­west. Cox said the bear had got­ten into some garbage left out­side one of the nearby restau­rants.

That sight­ing prompted Cal­gary po­lice to is­sue a warn­ing on so­cial me­dia for res­i­dents to be bear aware and avoid the area.

A Fish and Wildlife of­fi­cer at­tended the scene and the bear fled into a nearby green space area.

A black bear was also seen Mon­day morn­ing in the Weasel­head area at the west end of the reser­voir. Cox said it is pos­si­ble this could be the same bear.

“Fish and Wildlife of­fi­cers are putting warn­ing signs near the green spa­ces in the ar­eas of Glen­more Land­ing, Her­itage Park and Weasel­head,” said Cox. “Of­fi­cers will also be talk­ing with res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area to en­sure garbage and other at­trac­tants are kept se­cure. In or­der to dis­cour­age this bear from en­ter­ing ur­ban ar­eas again, it will be im­por­tant to en­sure it does not re­ceive an­other food re­ward.”

Cox said bears are look­ing for any food they can get to fat­ten up for hi­ber­na­tion over win­ter.

“Res­i­dents should store garbage in bear-re­sis­tant and odour-proof con­tain­ers or build­ings,” said Cox. “Pet own­ers should not leave pet food and feed­ers out­side.”

Bear con­cerns and sight­ing can be re­ported to the Cal­gary Fish and Wildlife of­fice at 403-2976423 dur­ing busi­ness hours or the 24-hour Re­port A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

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