Surrey RCMP warn summer is high season for bear and cougar sightings

SURREY — Surrey RCMP are warning the public to take precautions to avoid attracting bears and cougars.

The high season for sightings is mid-summer to mid-fall and police receive several reports annually.

While some wild animals shy away from human contact, some are overcome with desire to find garbage and even lose their fear of humans.

To reduce the chance of attracting a bear or cougar in your neighourhood, police recommend the following:

·      Keep garbage inside until pick up day.

·      Don’t add meat products or cooked food to compost. Turn compost regularly and keep it covered

·      Pick ripe and fallen fruit daily and remove unused fruit trees.

·      Use bird feeders only in winter and keep the ground free of seeds.

·      Clean barbecue grills after each use and store it in a secure place.

·      Bring pet dishes inside and store pet food indoors.

Anyone who sees a bear or cougar is asked to remain calm and keep away, as the animal may just be passing through.

Bring children and pets inside.

Then call the Conservation Officer Service on their 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277. If a life is in danger, call 911.

For more information visit the Ministry of Environment’s website.

Just Posted

City shifts proposed transit station to King George after cancellation of LRT

Council to consider Newton Town Centre plan in fall

VIDEO: Plane makes forced landing on Highway 17 in Surrey

Police say no one was injured and no damage to aircraft or vehicles

The struggle for space inside Surrey’s elementary schools

SECOND IN A SERIES: A look at how overcrowding impacts student life

Nearly 200 motorcycles take off from Cloverdale for Brenden’s Ride

Annual fundraiser supports programs that empower people with disabilities

Surrey Schools estimates $350K for tampon, pad dispenser installation

District aims to have equipment set up by October or November

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Most Read