REPORTING · 16th July 2014
The Kitimat Bear Aware Program put on a presentation on Thursday, July 10th. About 30 people attended the presentation; most were new comers to town and a number of them were from the camp.
“We showed a video called ‘Staying Safe in Bear Country’ and we went through our power point presentation,” said Nathan Closter.
Some of the advice for avoiding bears was to make a lot of noise when they are in the woods. Putting a bell on a dog’s collar would make such noise. Closter advised people to be aware of what is going on around them and looking out for bears. You do not want to surprise them.
“It’s hard to do, but if you encounter a bear, try to remain calm and maintain your distance,” said Closter.
The summer students are making plans for another presentation night where they will try to incorporate hiking safety as well as bear safety.
According to the students, there have not been many bears in Kitimat this summer although there is an aggressive grizzly near the riverbank. There is a bear trap set for it.
“We had good feedback after the presentation and a few new comers who had just moved here from Australia said it was very informative and it will help them be safe out in the bush or fishing,” said Jenna Davie.