September 1, 2015

Cranbrook, BC (September 1, 2015) – The public using Rails to Trails near Kennedy Road in Cranbrook are strongly encouraged to be very cautious while using the pathway and be aware of the presence of bears in the area.

A mother bear with three cubs has been spotted over the noon hour Tuesday (September 1) in the Kennedy Road area.  The cinnamon coloured sow and her family were seen quite close to where a lone black bear had been spotted in the same area over the past day or two.  In both instances, the bears were seen foraging on the chokecherry bushes in the area.

If you see or have issues with any wildlife, including bears, please contact the provincial RAPP line to report it at 1-877-952-7277, 24 hours a day, 7 days per weeks.  This information is passed along directly to the local branch of the Conservation Officer Service, where it is recorded and depending on the wildlife issue it will be responded to.

Please do not contact City of Cranbrook Bylaw staff or the local branch of the SPCA with wildlife issues.  They are only able to deal with domestic animals – not wildlife.

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