Recent Squamish bear attack was ‘defensive in nature’: BCCOS

The BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) says the black bear attack last week in Squamish was “defensive in nature.”

A Squamish woman is recovering after being attacked by a black bear while walking her dog on a trail on Friday, May 10, on the Estuary Trails by Bailey Street around 8 p.m. when the woman’s dog ran off into the bush.

As she was trying to retrieve her dog, the service says the woman spotted two bear cubs and the mother bear suddenly charged at her.

The woman was bitten, and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

BCCOS says the bear will not be captured or put down.

Warning signage was placed in the area by BCCOS, and officers remained on the scene after the incident happened.

“Conservation Officers remained in the area for several days during their investigation, which included an assessment of the attack site, as well as interviews with the victim,” it said.

District of Squamish said the trail had been closed following the attack, and it had asked people to stay out of the area.

BCCOS says trails have now been re-opened to the public.

“The COS urges people to give bears space, make noise to avoid surprise encounters and leash pets at all times,” it said.

“The public is asked to take precautions in case of wildlife encounters, including travelling in groups and carrying bear spray.”

-With files from Cole Schisler.

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