Bears spotted near BX Elementary School

It's believed sow bear and cub are being attracted by garbage and bird seed

A sow bear and cub were reported Sunday and again today to be in the vicinity of BX Elementary School.

The mother bear appears to be using the BX Creek riparian area as a travel corridor but is being attracted into the adjacent neighbourhood by garbage, bird feeders and pet food.

“Keep your pets indoors or leashed and make sure there are no attractants left outside,” said Marnie Cuthill, Vernon’s WildSafeBC co-ordinator.

“If you see this bear, remain calm and move everyone indoors.”

Anyone who encounters problem wildlife can call the B.C. Conservation Office Service at 1-877-952-7277.