Three days after a woman was attacked by a bear in Canmore, Alberta Parks and WildSmart officials are warning people to be aware of their surroundings after learning closure signs were removed from the area.
WildSmart posted on their Facebook page Wednesday after they were told by Alberta Parks that signs and tape were removed from the closure area around Quarry Lake.
“It’s very frustrating because, you know, our goal is to educate everyone in this area,” Nick de Ruyter of WildSmart said.
“When you see stuff like this it’s just people blatantly not caring.
“It’s frustrating because their actions could result in other people and bears being at risk.”
A woman was attacked by a bear while she was walking her dog along the Canmore Reservoir Sunday evening. The area was closed on July 28 due to the number of bears feeding on berries.
WATCH: A woman walking her dog was attacked by a bear near Canmore on Sunday. As Gary Bobrovitz reports, the area was closed due to a bear warning at the time
The woman was treated for her injuries in hospital and released. The dog wasn’t harmed.
While people who violate bear closures can face fines, a spokesperson for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General told Global News the woman would not face any penalties.
“She may have inadvertently crossed into part of the closure while travelling, roughly half way down the east side of the Canmore Reservoir,” Sherene Khaw said in an emailed statement.
De Ruyter said sign removal isn’t new.
“We rely on signage and tape to keep people out of these areas.”
De Ruyter said people should remember that bear encounters don’t only happen in closure areas – the animals can be wandering anywhere there’s food for them.
“Regardless if we’re talking about a closed or a warning area or an area that doesn’t have anything – people have to remember that they could encounter a bear any time, anywhere.”
He suggests people check online before heading out, always be aware of their surroundings and carry bear spray.