Spike in bear activity in Port Coquitlam prompts warning

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Global News

A spike in bear activity in Port Coquitlam has prompted the city’s bylaw enforcement team to ramp up efforts to keep the animals out of neighbourhoods.

In June, there were 98 reported bear sightings, up from 50 in May.

Officials said the increase in sightings indicates that bears are increasingly being drawn to neighbourhoods to raid unsecured garbage carts and bins and unpicked or fallen fruit.

Once bears hit the jackpot, they’ll keep returning for more snacks.

To prevent more bears from coming in to neighbourhoods to look for food the bylaw enforcement team will be enforcing the “solid waste” bylaw.

Officers will be focusing particularly on areas north of Lougheed Highway, Nacht Avenue and McPherson Drive where most bear activity has been reported.

Officers will be making sure residents secure garbage in wildlife-resistant enclosures, such as a garage or shed, or by using a city-approved wildlife lock.

Garbage carts…

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