North Shore Black Bear Alliance Executive Director Christine Miller said that while there’s no indication of what provoked the bear, one reason may be because of food.
“Bears begin eating a lot around the middle of August and into November when they begin hyperphagia, which means they are not collecting food but rather devouring to gain body fat to survive the winter. If the people that go up to Garibaldi Park don’t know about storing food properly, the bear is more likely to be aggressive if it had been fed food from other people.”
– North Shore Black Bear Alliance Executive Director, Christine Miller
It is recommended that people store their food in bear-safe food storage lockers, or hang their food by a rope system or tree branch in an area away from bears. Campers should choose campsites away from berries, waterways or areas that wildlife may travel through.
B.C. Parks stated that the Taylor Meadows Campground and Loop Trail are closed because many bears are currently feeding in the area.
In order to protect the wildlife, the area will not be reopened until October 31st.
Anyone with camping reservations can go online to B.C. Parks to find out how to receive a refund.