Port Hardy residents warned of ‘aggressive’ black bear in town


The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has posted a warning to Port Hardy residents, suggesting they “take precautions” after a man had an encounter with an aggressive black bear.

In a Facebook post, the BC Conservation Officer Service says that the incident took place early in the morning on Friday, May 21, near the area of Market and Granville streets.

The BCCOS says that in the encounter, the bear was “unusually aggressive” with the man and the public is being advised to take extra precautions and keep safe distances from all bears in the area.

Conservation Officers say they are currently in Port Hardy working to track down the bear, while also liaising with municipal officials and posting signage around the area.

“Residents are asked to familiarize themselves with safety tips, including travelling in groups, making noise and carrying bear spray,” the service said in the post, suggesting that a full list of tips can be found on the provincial government’s website.

Residents are also asked to report any sightings of bears immediately to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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