Bears staying out later in Alberta
Sep 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm in News by tyler.king
(pictured: Bears in Fort McMurray.)
After a bear attack near Whitecourt and another bear hit on Highway 63 north of Fort McMurray this week, experts are warning people to remember the animals are still out there.
Brianna Burley with Parks Canada says bears are moving to different places now.
“This time of year, it might be at higher elevations, where earlier in the summer, it may have been valley bottoms,” Burley said. “I just think people need to not forget that bears are still active. I think we become complacent as the season rolls on.”
“It’s a really good reminder at this time of year, when people are taking advantage of the warm weather and fall colours.”
Burley says bear season doesn’t end like it used to.
“As years go by here, we’re seeing that some of the larger male bears are staying up later and later into the fall,” she said. “So it’s not uncommon to have bears active through November and into December.”
She says it’s important to remember to hike in a group and pack bear spray.
September 20, 2012