Tuesday May 22. Bears seen on Cemetary Bypass Trail yesterday afternoon. Bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters.
To stay safe on the trails, keep these tips in mind:
- Make noise (using your voice), especially when riding through areas with poor sight lines or through berry patches.
- Carry bear spray where you can easily reach it and know how to use it! It is best to keep the canister on your person in a hip holster to ensure you can access it when needed (as opposed to a backpack or on your bike). Check out https://vimeo.com/123217603 or search “WildSafeBC Bear Spray” on Vimeo to learn more about this deterrent.
- Leave the dogs at home. Your chance of encountering a bear is elevated when mountain biking and off-leash dogs and bears can be a dangerous mix.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Are you in the middle of a huckleberry patch? Is there fresh scat on the trail? Are there off-leash dogs in the area? Is it early morning or dusk? If so, your chances of encountering a bear are elevated. Slow down and keep your eyes and ears peeled!
IF you encounter a bear:
- Never try to run or bike away from a bear.
- If the bear doesn’t notice you, ready your bear spray (just in case) and then slowly back out of the area, quietly.
- If the bear sees you, ready your bear spray (just in case). Talk calmly to the bear and slowly back out of the area. Do not turn your back on the bear.
- Bear encounters should be reported to the Conservation Officer hotline at 1-877-952-7277.