Bears make their way into downtown Kamloops; Waterfront Park closed

The mama bear and cubs are believed to be the same clan that was on McArthur Island (prompting the temporary closure of that park) and along Schubert Drive earlier this week

Waterfront Park, between Riverside and Pioneer Parks in downtown Kamloops, has been closed as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday as a mamma bear and her cubs wander through the area.

The bruins are believed to be the same clan that was on McArthur Island (prompting the temporary closure of that park) and along Schubert Drive earlier this week.

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For the safety of the animals and people, the city has temporarily closed the area as conservation and bylaws officers monitor the situation.

The public is asked to avoid the area of Waterfront Park, Pioneer Park and the east end of Riverside Park as bears do not tend to move on if people are in the vicinity.

Riverside Park remains open as the distance between the bears’ location and the park is not deemed to be a threat to activities in the park.

Resident are reminded to ensure they properly dispose of garbage to reduce enticement to bears. Residents are also reminded of the Bear Smart Bylaw, which stipulates that garbage may not be placed at the curbside until 4 a.m on collection days between April 1 and Nov. 30.

For updates on this situation, go online to kamloops.ca/notices.

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