BEAR IN AREA WARNING - Pachena Bay Area

Issued: June 14, 2022

Ends: September 30, 2022

WHY: To reduce the probability of negative human-bear encounters.


VISITOR ADVICE:
Stay safe and avoid a bear encounter by:
• Hiking in a group, and making noise.

• Do not leave food or garbage unattended.
• Staying alert and watching for signs such as tracks and droppings.

Keep children close and dogs on leash at all times

If you encounter a bear, remember:
• Stay calm. Give the bear space. Do not make eye contact. Back away slowly and talk in a calm voice.
• DO NOT get in between a sow (mother bear) and her cubs (young). Any time a cub is observed, assume the sow is close by.
• DO NOT drop objects, clothing or food to distract the bear, as this will reward the bear for its behavior.
• DO NOT RUN!

Start date: 2022-06-14
End date: Until further notice

Report all bear sightings and encounters to Park Staff, Trail Guardians, Ferry Operators, Lighthouse Keepers, or Park Dispatch (250-726-3604) as soon as possible.