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REPORTING · 16th August 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Bear Aware Program headed by the District of Kitimat held a summer wrap up Barbecue on Wednesday, August 15th in the Green Space behind the Library. Hot Dogs and Pop were on the menu and many different bear related organizations stopped in.

The barbecue was well attended by families with young children. Kitimat Search and Rescue were present with a display about hiking safety and the Conservation Officers brought down a bear trap to show the public how it works and trap a few children for photos. Also present were representatives from the Kitimat Public Library who were there to read and put on a puppet show for the kids.

“[We learned] Our town is not really that bear aware,” said Dana Amado. She expressed they went on a tour of the community with the conservation officers at around 5 and 6 in the evening and people already had their garbage out for the next day.

Bears have been active in Kitimat this summer. “There haven’t really been problem bears and there has been more grizzlies then black bears,” said Amado. “There hasn’t been many sightings of them and it’s been late at night when people aren’t around.”

The program remains in the hands of the District of Kitimat. The Kitimat Bear Aware Program is writing up a final report to be handed in with recommendations for a 2013 program. We are told the report will be available to the public.