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Trails closed after bear attacks woman at river mouth in Squamish, BC

SQUAMISH, BC – Officials say a woman was attacked by a bear while walking her dog in a natural estuary in Squamish, BC

British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service said in a Facebook post that the trails have been closed since the attack occurred Friday, when the woman was walking her dog and it ran into thick brush.

Officers say the woman then noticed two bear cubs and was “suddenly charged” by an accompanying female bear, suffering non-life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Conservationists say the bear then ran off, and subsequent searches of the area failed to discover the animal’s whereabouts.

The District of Squamish said in a statement that trails at the river mouth have been closed and caution tape and barricades have been installed to keep people out of the area.

Conservationists remain on site to investigate and are urging hikers to travel in groups and ensure pets are on a leash to avoid similar encounters with wildlife.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2024.

The Canadian Press