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Bear update



A four and a half month old black bear cub hovers momentarily to see over the jungle of tall grass. Dangers to this 10 lb. ball of fur are male bears, coyotes, dogs, mountain bikes, and vehicles. Mothers have begun to break-up with 19 yearlings (cubs born January 2006) so expect to see small (40-70 lb.) bears in your neighbourhood — and keep your garbage secure. Be aware of bears grazing in green-up areas near trails, sidewalks, parking lots, creeks/lakes, parks, and backyards, especially during morning and evening — bears can be seen ANYWHERE. Of the 19 bear families in Whistler, five are foraging close to people because of their lower ranking in the bear population hierarchy. Assume bears have cubs and give them plenty of space. During a sudden encounter, stop (never approach bears), walk away slowly (the way you came) and speak calmly but firmly. As of June 15, 90 different black bears (including cubs) have been identified in a 75 square kilometre area (46 square miles) centred on Alta Lake

– Michael Allen Whistler Bear Identity Project 604-698-6709.

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