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Possible grizzly sighting on Rainbow Lake trail

Conservation Officer Service received report on May 31


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The Conservation Officer Service (COS) is warning hikers on the Rainbow Lake Alpine Trail to be vigilant after they received a report of a possible grizzly bear sighting on Friday, May 31.

"The bear was feeding on natural attractants and did not display defensive behaviour," a bear alert from the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) reads.

Trail users are encouraged to travel in groups and make noise as they walk; always carry bear spray and know how to use it; watch for signs of bears such as scat; avoid hiking at dawn or dusk; and respect all posted trail closures.

If you see a bear, don't approach it. Instead, keep your distance and back away slowly.

Last summer, the RMOW closed the Sproatt Alpine Network and the Rainbow Lake Trail after two incidents of human-wildlife conflict with a grizzly bear.

COS asks the public to report bear sightings by calling 1-877-952-7277.

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