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Posted: Oct 7, 2021
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Bear Alerts

Attention All Port Alberni Residents!

Immediate action is required to prevent further bear-human conflict in the following areas:

The following summary is based upon a compilation of bear information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public over the last several weeks. It is not intended to be used as a real time, complete record of where bears are in the valley.

Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and diggings. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and remove all backyard attractants.

There has been black bear activity within the residential areas of 6th and 7th Avenue (particularly between Bruce St. and Montrose St), Hughes Place, Joyce Avenue and Beaver Creek Road. Immediate action is required to prevent further human-bear conflict and reduce possible risk to human safety and damage to personal property.

Keep all bear attractants including garbage & recycling in a secured enclosure such as a garage, workshop or similar structure until the morning of pickup; burn barbeque grills clean after each use and store your barbeque indoors (tank removed); take away birdfeeders (including hummingbird feeders); feed pets indoors; ensure compost is well covered with dry material such as shredded newspaper and dry yard waste (grass clippings, leaves etc...)

To report a bear encounter where public safety is at risk call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

For information on:

  • The Ministry of Environment Bear Smart Community Program
  • How to bear proof your property
  • How to become a volunteer with the Alberni Valley Bear Smart Committee
  • Crystal McMillan, MA
    Executive Director
    Bear Smart BC Consulting

    Thank you for your help in preventing further damage to personal property, risk to human safety and needless destruction of our bears.