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Golden Ears Provincial Park fully closed due to black bear

BC Parks and the BC Conservation Officer Services trying to trap problematic bear
Golden Ears Provincial Park is closed until Thursday, June 16. (The News/files)

Golden Ears Provincial Park is closed to all visitors because of a problematic black bear.

A closure notice was posted to the BC Parks website on Monday, June 13, saying that BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service have been working together over the past several weeks to manage the bear in the Maple Ridge park that, they say, has become habituated.

“The bear has been getting into attractants within the campground, as well as accessing numerous vehicles in the area to gain garbage and food,” said the notice.

In one instance the bear even attempted to walk through an open trailer door while people were inside.

Last week BC Parks closed Gold Creek Campground to allow conservation officers to place a trap for the bear. However, they were unable to capture the bear.

Now the park will be closed until 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, out of concern for public safety and to allow conservation to devote all their resources to trapping the bear

“BC Parks and Conservation Officers cannot stress enough the importance of securing attractants. It is the single best way to keep the public, and bears, safe,” the notice continued.

It is unclear whether the bear is going to be relocated.

For more safety tips and ways to prevent bear conflicts, visit BC Parks Staying Safe in Bear Country or WildSafeBC.

The News has reached out to the Conservation Officer Services Fraser North Zone and the operations manager of Golden Ears Provincial Park and will update the story as more details become available.

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Colleen Flanagan

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Colleen Flanagan is an award-winning multimedia journalist with more than 15 years experience in the industry.
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