July 16, 2014 9:00 pm
Updated: July 16, 2014 10:40 pm

Open doors to beat the heat mean easy access for bears in search of food


VANCOUVER – Residents in West Vancouver are being warned about leaving doors open to beat the heat, as there have been a number of cases of bears walking in to houses in search of food.

Police received two calls early Tuesday afternoon involving neighbouring homes in the British Properties with residents saying a bear was inside their home.

A bear got into a laundry room in the 600-block of Kenwood Road through an open door. Some popcorn left out helped attract the bear to the home.

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Police also responded to a call from the 600-block of St. Andrews Road where a family had taken refuge on the balcony after a bear walked into their house through an open front door.

In both circumstances, bears were gone by time police arrived and they did not return.

On Wednesday night, a resident in the 1300-block of Cammeray Road woke up to the sound of cracking wood as an access door to the garage was broken. A large bear was seen rooting through loose garbage before being startled and running from the yard with a  second bear.

Police say the resident had loose garbage, fruit and vegetables in the garage and are warning everyone to not leave out any attractants and be mindful of leaving doors open, even in the hot weather.

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