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COS monitoring Squamish area for grizzly bear

Early morning sighting not confirmed

After a report of a sighting of what looked like a grizzly bear this morning (Sept. 24) around Government and Mamquam roads, the officers with the Sea to Sky Conservation Service are monitoring the area.

"We patrolled the area but couldn’t confirm," said officer Simon Gravel of the BC Conservation Officer Service.

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The bear was reported walking west toward the river.

He said there are lots of bears on the move right now and that it can be hard to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear.

This morning, when the bear was reportedly seen, it was dark and rainy.

On Sept. 10, the Conservation Service safely captured a grizzly bear that was sighted near the Shady Tree pub in the late afternoon. The healthy adult male was later released back into the wild at an undisclosed spot.

According to the Get Bear Smart Society:

The best way to tell a grizzly from a black bear is to look at the size of the shoulders, the profile of the face and the length of the claws.

"The grizzly bear has a pronounced shoulder hump, which the black bear lacks. Grizzlies have a concave or “dished” facial profile, smaller ears and much larger claws than the black bear. Black bears have a flatter, “Roman-nose” profile, larger ears, no visible shoulder hump and smaller claws."

~With a file from Steven Chua

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