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Be bear aware in Valleyview

A bruin has been spotted in the area of Valleyview Drive and Pyper Way on the morning of Sept. 15.
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Samantha Hoogstins said this bear has been visiting her Valleyview neighbourhood on a few occasions during the past couple of weeks. She wants to ensure the bear and residents remain out of harm's way.

Bear sightings are increasing as fall approaches and a Valleyview resident wants her neighbours to be bear aware of a bruin in the area.

Samantha Hoogstins said a bear has been spotted in the area of Valleyview Drive and Pyper Way on Wednesday morning (Sept. 15).

She said it appears to be the same bruin that has visited the area at least three times in the past couple of weeks.

“I ran to the neighbours to tell them to put their pets away,:” Hoogstins told KTW. “The last time, the bear was knocking over garbage cans. I don’t want to see the bear hurt and I don’t want to see any people hurt.”

Pyper Way backs onto the Valleyview hills.

If you come across a bear or other wildlife in the city, call the BC Conservation Officer reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277.

For information on how to cut down on attractants that may lure bears, go online to wildsafebc.com.