Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is urging caution after Conservation Officer Service received a report of a grizzly bear sighting on Crabapple Drive on April 29.
Conservation Officer Service is urging all Whistler residents to remain vigilant, which includes managing all attractants around homes and staying alert when out in the neighbourhood or on trails.
RMOW is urging people to:
Clean barbecues thoroughly after every use. Burn off all food particles, clean grease from inside surfaces, empty and clean the grease pan and do not dump grease in your yard.
Ensure that garbage, recycling, compost and all pet foods are properly stored in a secure building, and not on the patio.
Remove all bird feeders.
Keep all dogs on leash, as they can provoke defensive behaviour in bears. If you see a bear, keep your distance, back away slowly and leave the area.
Residents are being asked to report any bears in residential areas by calling 1-877-952-7277.
Early reporting allows the COS to intervene before a bear becomes habituated, and allows them to shepherd the bears back into the wild.