A campground is open once again after conservation officers put down a black bear in Powell River following an encounter with a five-year-old child at a summer camp.
The BC Conservation Officer Service says the incident happened on Tuesday around noon while children were playing tag at Haywire Bay as part of a summer camp through the Powell River Outdoor Learning Centre, when a bear came onto the field.
Officers say the bear started approaching the children as they were running away and one tripped and fell. The bear then went onto the child but was quickly scared away by nearby camp counsellors, according to the service.
They add the child received minor injuries but did not need medical attention.
The camp and surrounding areas were closed, including trails and campgrounds before conservation officers came to locate the bear. They say a bear in the area matched descriptions, began approaching the officers and it was put down.
Earlier today, the Haywire Bay Campground was reopened after it was deemed safe for the public.
“We thank our conservation officers for their quick response to protect public safety,” said qathet Regional District manager of operational services Patrick Devereaux. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation and are happy to welcome back campers.”
The Conservation Officer Service is encouraging you to take precautions in case of wildlife encounters, including travelling in groups, ensuring pets are leashed and carrying bear spray.
More tips can be found on WildSafeBC.