Bear warning notices put up in town

Qualicum Beach residents are being urged to be bear aware this month, as area bruins attempt to fatten up for winter on any food they can find.

Qualicum Beach residents are being urged to be bear aware this month, as area bruins attempt to fatten up for winter on any food they can find.

Bylaw compliance officer Don Marshall noted bear warning notices were posted in Community Park in September, as a bear with two cubs was spotted near the BMX park in early September.

Last year, Marshall said, there were eight bears killed in the town, a figure he would like to see reduced.

To this end, he urged residents to remove all bear attractants such as fallen fruit in orchards, and to keep all garbage and waste food containers inside until the morning of pick up and not put bird seed out when it is not necessary.