Three teens required police assistance after a close encounter with wildlife.
On Tuesday at 9 p.m., Vernon RCMP responded to a call from three 18-year-old female hikers who found themselves in a potentially dangerous scenario at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.
“The three Vernon hikers had been out on an evening hike through the trails at the park when they ran into a black bear on the trail,” said Cpl. Gerry Kovacs.
“The bear would not leave the area and the three felt uneasy about their situation.”
That’s when they placed a call to the RCMP who established contact with the hikers by cell phone.
Officers made their way into the trails, located the trio and escorted them safely out of the area.
“Police would like to warn the public that spring is here and as we venture out into our parks and recreation spots so are the bears,” said Kovacs.
“Be alert and be safe. Prepare yourself to deal with these types of incidents when you are in bear habitat.”