The Squamish Estuary trail network will remain closed for at least two weeks following two surprise bear attacks involving sow with a yearling on Thursday.
The closure is in place to help ensure the bears foraging in the area are given space to do that.
“The Wildlife Management Area is there for wildlife. It is their space and their shelter. We know the bears are using those trails, and it is likely they will react again if they are surprised in their own habitat. We know the people of Squamish are very respectful of wildlife, and we’re confident people will respect the closure,” said Simon Gravel, Conservation Officer Service.
Barricades and additional signage have been placed at all entrances to keep the public from entering. The public is asked to respect the closure for their own safety, and to help ensure the survival of the bears.
The Conservation Officer Service will continue to monitor the situation and will reassess if required.
Extra-vigilance needed across all Squamish trails
Residents are asked to be extra vigilant when out on any trail across Squamish during this important feeding stage as bears prepare to hibernate.
Consider travelling in pairs or groups, keep dogs on leash, make noise and carry bear spray. These two serious incidents are a reminder that bears can be unpredictable and that being alert and prepared on the trail could save a life,” says COS.
Please continue to report any wildlife sightings or encounters to the Conservation Officer Service Hotline at 1.877.952.7277.