A Dangerous Animal Alert was issued earlier this month for Douglas Provincial Park after numerous black bear sightings.
The animals have also been spotted in the Candle Lake region.
That, though, presents the perfect opportunity for the Ministry of Environment to offer advice to the campers and those headed out to the lake: Never approach or feed a bear and always keep food stored away in odorless containers away from your vehicle and campsite.
Greg Johnson with the Ministry said it’s not all that uncommon for bears to wonder into populated areas over the summer months.
“What they’re looking for is food,” he said. “Unfortunately, people leave their food scraps out and the smells attract these bears.”
According to Johnson, humans are the main bears are in campsites and populated areas.
“Put your food away,” he stated. “Keep your food in a container so it doesn’t smell, clean your barbeques, keep pet food away from the outdoors, feed your pet inside.”
In the rare occasions a bear keeps returning to a populated area, Johnson said it will have to be put down, but that’s the final step after many attempts to relocate it.