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REPORTING · 27th July 2011
Walter McFarlane
The Conservation Officers are asking Fishermen to be bear aware and bear smart after a fisherman was charged by a bear. Fortunately, the fisherman was not injured.

“It’s a close encounter that they had with it, and at this stage, we’re not worried that it was deliberate aggressive behaviour but I think it was a close encounter so we’re using it as an opportunity to provide advice to people who are on the riverbanks to be bear aware and bear smart when it comes to fishing in an area where there are obviously bears with the salmon in the streams,” said Conservation Officer, Gareth Scrivner.

Doing things like cleaning the fish in the rivers, well away from any camps and trying to keep the riverbanks clean of fish guts can keep the bears away. They are also advising fishermen to carry bear spray or bear bangers on the riverbank during this time of year.