RCMP warn of bear near Summit Elementary

By James Peters
May 13, 2016 - 8:56am Updated: May 13, 2016 - 11:34am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP are putting the warning out to parents after a bear sighting near Summit Elementary School.

Police received a report around 8:15 a.m. that a black bear had been seen wandering in the area of the school, which is on Monarch Court in Upper Sahali.

The caller reported the bear was not being aggressive, but for the safety of children, officers decided to warn parents.

Sergeant Kevin Van Damme of the BC Conservation Officer Service says this same animal was noticed in the area about a month ago.

"We do commonly see bears in this area," said Van Damme. "The risk of bears hurting people is extremely low. But that said, we need to be aware that these animals are around and we need to provide our kids the things that they need to do."

Van Damme notes students should be told to stay away from the bear if they see it, and residents in the area should ensure their garbage is locked up and secured.

He notes because the bear has still shown it is scared of people and wants to stay away, the service has not set a trap to catch it.

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