A young grizzly bear has been seen roaming around Kitimat off Lahakas Blvd near the Circle K gas station. Sightings have also been reported around the Cormorant Ave area.
BC Conservation Officer Services (BC COS) have received multiple phone calls and is aware of the situation.
Concerningly, there have been reports that people are deliberately approaching the bear to take pictures. This is extremely risky behaviour that is not condoned by the BC COS.
With public safety their number one priority, the BC COS is warning people to stay away from the bear as these unsafe acts threaten the lives of both the bear and the people taking photos.
“If the BC COS has to destroy this particular bear due to the poor choices of the residents in Kitimat, the BC COS will make all efforts to locate the offenders and charge them under the Wildlife Act with Harass wildlife,” said Sergeant Zane Testawich of the BC Conservation Officer Service in a statement to the Northern Sentinel.
Please use caution and report sightings or aggressive behaviour to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277