A group of trails in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (PRNPR) are closed until further notice after a bear bluff-charged a woman and her daughter, according to Parks staff.
The affected trails include Lismer Beaches and Trail, the South Beach and Nuu-chah-nulth Trails of the park, according to Bob Hansen, a wildlife-human conflict specialist for PRNPR.
After the initial charge the pair retreated to the top of the rocks on the beach. A second bear then appeared for a brief period.
Neither acted in an aggressive fashion after the initial bluff charge,” said Bob Hansen, human-wilflife conflict specialist for the park.
“There is a possibility that the mating season may be a factor in this instance.”
Past monitoring of the area indicates that one bear is female and the other a male. Both bears were located and hazed last night.
“We will continue to haze these bears and keep people away from them by way of this closure.”
From Westerly News