A family of black bears in British Columbia have numerous bear advocates and the BC Conservation Officer Service aiming to assist them in finding their way home.
Pitt Meadows area residents reported that the mom and two yearlings had been harassed out of their home area by people trying to photograph/video them and off-leash dogs. It is likely they crossed the Fraser River, and were last seen in Surrey. Numerous organizations, advocates and the BC COS have indicated they want to help the family get back to their home range. It’s important to act quickly, as the cubs will soon be dispersing and the chances of successfully returning the family home diminish with time.
However, this requires area residents to contact the RAPP Line with sightings of the bears. We understand the reluctance of many residents, though it is a necessary step to helping this family.
It is also important to secure trash and other attractants, keep dogs leashed and allow wildlife to be wild. Common attractants around homes include bird feeders (take them down), pet food (keep it indoors), BBQs (clean the grease trap and grill), and fridges/freezers (store in a locked structure like a house or garage).
Trying to get close for photos and videos on cell phones or professional cameras is dangerous for you and the animals. Keep yourself and wildlife safe. Give bears lots of space.
If you see the bears in question please contact the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.