REGINA – A healthy bear population in Saskatchewan has environment officials offering tips on what to do when confronted by one of the furry animals.
The most recent encounter happened last week when a man said he was confronted by a bear in La Ronge.
The bear broke off the pursuit when a couple out with their dogs came walking up the street.
That bear hasn’t been caught but another bear in the city was caught in a trap, bringing to six the number that have been captured so far this summer in the northern Saskatchewan city.
It’s not just in communities where bears have been encountered; they have been known to wander through campgrounds.
“There have been a few encounters this year and we want to ensure residents are taking the necessary precautions when they are out enjoying our parks, campgrounds and natural areas,” said Kevin Callele with the Ministry of Environment.
“Generally bears are attracted by food and if they cannot find food they will often leave the area. Bears that have been fed lose their natural fear for humans.
“When bears start to associate food with humans, they become a nuisance, and potentially dangerous.”
So what do you do if you are confronted by a bear? Officials have these tips:
There are steps that can be taken when camping to lessen the chance of a bear encounter:
If a bear is encountered, officials say people should contact their local conservation officer or the T.I.P. line at 1-800-667-7561 or by cell phone at #5555.