If you see an injured bear around town, keep your distance.
Valleycliffe residents have spotted the black bear, who appears to have an injured back right leg or paw as recently as this morning at 6 a.m. on Cherry Drive, says Michael Coyle, who was also awoken by the bear the previous morning at 3 a.m.
Sgt. Simon Gravel, with the Sea to Sky Conservation Service believes the bear was hit by a vehicle on Highway 99.
"He has been around for several weeks now and we have been monitoring," Gravel told The Chief.
"Typically, we will not intervene if the bear is mobile."
The bear's condition seems to be getting worse and it’s getting in garbage, so conservation officers will do a further assessment when possible and determine the best approach.
"As usual, we are asking the public to never approach a bear and keep all attractants secure — that includes fruits from fruit trees," he said.