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Keeping Dogs and Yourself Safe Around Wildlife

Wildlife encounters are more prevalent this time of year.

The BC Conservation Service in 100 Mile House says its important to keep dogs close or leashed when walking in wooded areas, as bear sows with cubs can be very protective.

A dog required stitches earlier this month near 99 Mile after a run in with a bear.

Asked if there are more instances this year as compared to others, Conservation Officer Joel Kline said “It’s hard to say. we’ve always had bears that come into the fringe areas.” ” It happens every year and when people go out to walk in crown areas there’s always a chance you might run into wildlife.”

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He also says to make a lot of noise, as a bear will hear you and run away, as they want to avoid encounters with humans.

Tips to prevent wildlife conflict in urban areas, and other information can be found at the conservation services website here.

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