UPDATE August 21 - Bear in area

Tue, August 20, 2019 - 4:30 pm

AUGUST 22 (1:45 PM) UPDATE: The sow and her cub have moved on from the Waterfront Park area.  The park and pathway have now reopened to the public. Residents are reminded to give bears and all wildlife space when they are residential areas. Report wildlife encounters to the BC Conservation Officer Service RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277. 

AUGUST 22 (10:10 AM) UPDATE: Waterfront Park remains closed.

AUGUST 21 (4:50 PM) UPDATE: A sow with her cub are currently in Waterfront Park, the park between Riverside Park and Pioneer Park. For both public and animal safety, this area has been temporarily closed off. Conservation Officers and Bylaws are onsite monitoring the bear activity. 

The public is asked to avoid the area, this includes either side of the Park (east end of Riverside Park and Pioneer Park).  When public is in the area, it creates an environment where the bears do not feel safe to move on.

Riverside Park remains open, as the distance between the current location of the bears is not a threat to activities in the park. Residents are asked to ensure that any garbage is picked up and properly disposed of in the garbage bins provided so City staff can collect and dispose of the garbage to reduce enticement to the bears.

Residents are reminded that the "Bear Smart Bylaw" is in effect between April 1 and November 30, and infractions may result in a $100 fine. Learn more about the Bylaw and Bear Smart tips.

AUGUST 20 (3:40 PM) UPDATE: The three bears have now moved towards Chestnut Avenue near Arthur Hatton Elementary School. Conservation Officers remain in the area.

Residents are reminded that the "Bear Smart Bylaw" is in effect between April 1 and November 30, and infractions may result in a $100 fine. Learn more about the Bylaw and Bear Smart tips.

Learn tips about living with wildlife in your community by visiting the WildSafeBC Facebook page or visiting their website at wildsafebc.com.

AUGUST 20 (11:40 AM) UPDATE: The mother with her two bear cubs are currently on Schubert Drive near Nelson Avenue. Conservation Officers are at the location and working with Bylaws to section off the current portion of the Rivers Trail for public safety. Public are asked to keep their distance and respect the bears as they move through the area. Update on the bear whereabouts will be posted on this page.

AUGUST 19 UPDATE: The park has reopened due to the bears leaving the area. Residents of the area should be mindful of the animals in the area and keep their distance. All residents are reminded to pick up any fallen fruit and to secure and store garbage containers.

ORIGINAL POST: The City of Kamloops under the recommendation of the BC Conservation Office have temporarily closed McArthur Island Park for public safety due to bears in the area.

Three bears—a mother with two bear cubs, are currently in the area. The mother has shown aggressive signs of behavior.  For the safety of the public and the three bears, the park will remain closed until the bears have moved on.

The park entrances as well as the walking bridge are temporarily closed to the public. For updates on the situation, please check back on this page.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks you for your patience.