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Keremeos issues warning after bear wanders into village

The bear was spotted on multiple streets throughout the day
The bear that was spotted in Keremeos on May 11. It reportedly had wandered into the village and going through people’s garbage. (Louise Keaolani Boivin - Facebook)

Conservation officers have been called to Keremeos after a wild bear wandered into the village.

It was spotted earlier on Wednesday, May 11, making its way through the community, and getting into garbage.

The Village of Keremeos issued a warning about the bear, reminding residents to lock up their garbage containers.

Conservation officers will be issuing fines for any unsecured garbage.

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WildsafeBC has several reccomendations for residents for reducing the risk of attracting a bear:

* Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before.

* Encourage neighbours to do the same, offer to help if they are not able to put garbage out at appropriate times.

* Secure your garbage on non-collection days; store it securely in your home or in a garage or shed.

* Consider freezing your kitchen scraps until the morning of collection day.

* Keep your barbeque clean and covered.

*Pick ripe or fallen fruit immediately; if composting or putting in yard waste cart, ensure they are secured from wildlife access.

* Use bird baths and houses to attract birds, rather than bird feeders.

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Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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