Conservation officers are warning trick-or-treaters to use use extra caution in Whistler, B.C. tonight as a grizzly bear has been spotted in the community.
The local government issued a warning to the public, advising them to bring pumpkins and candy indoors in order to prevent attracting the bear.
Based on the notification, the bear was taken away from the community on Friday but has now come back.
The alert states that it is consuming organic food and not displaying any hostile behavior.
“We acknowledge that Halloween celebrations are happening tonight, and we understand that this might worry residents,” states the advisory. It further mentions that conservation officers, police, and city officials are actively monitoring the bear’s behavior to ensure the safety of the public.
“We kindly request the public to remain patient, maintain a safe distance from the bear, and properly secure any items that may attract them, in order to prevent any potential conflicts. It is important to note that grizzly bears will soon begin their hibernation period.”
There has been an observed increase in the number of grizzly bears spotted in cities in British Columbia this year, according to wildlife authorities. These bears are more active during the autumn season as they try to gain weight before the arrival of winter.
If you encounter aggressive or threatening bears, please contact the B.C. Conservation Service at 1-877-952-7277. For information on peacefully coexisting with bears and preventing such encounters, visit WildSafeBC.com.