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WATCH: Coldstream yard gets visit from bear

Young bear is believed to have been at the home twice in a three-day span
A young bear showed up at a Coldstream back yard and the homeowner was able to get a video of the visitor. (Still shot from Kimberley Amirault-Ryan video)

A Coldstream resident got an up close look – from behind glass – at a local four-legged denizen of her area.

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan shared to social media not one, but two videos she shot of a visiting young bear to her back yard, which included a peek through the glass.

Amirault-Ryan can be heard asking the bear to “go look for food somewhere else,” and when she asks the bear to kindly return to the woods, the animal obliges with a gallop.

Amirault-Ryan said she believes the same bear visited her home twice in three days.

The B.C. Conservation Services reminds everyone to not feed bears as it’s against the law to feed dangerous wildlife.

Should you encounter a bear, remain calm. Don’t run or climb a tree. Slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice. Don’t scream, turn your back on the animal, kneel down or make direct eye contact.

Keep away from the bear, don’t move close to it. If the bear gets too close, use pepper spray (within seven metres) or something else to threaten or distract it.

If in a pair or group, stay together. If you’re with others, act as a group and keep children close. Small children should be picked up and carried.

Get indoors and bring pets inside if possible.

Watch the bear until it leaves. Make sure the bear has a clear escape route. After it’s gone and it’s safe, make sure there is nothing in the area that will attract bears back again.

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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