Unwelcome Campers at Kinuseo Falls Campground

A pair of grizzly bears were seen wandering through Kinuseo Falls Campground August 29th, 2007. The grizzlies were poking around and they boldly pushed in the screen of a camper. They then jumped into the camper and were seen exiting with a loaf of bread. Luckily, the regular occupants of the camper were out for a walk. Due to this abnormal behaviour of the bears, Kinuseo Falls Campground was closed and campers were asked to leave that day.

Rob Bressette, BC Parks, said traps were set for two days but no bears were captured. Due to the concern for public safety, the decision was made Friday August 31st to keep the campground closed for the Labour Day long weekend. ?The behaviour the grizzlies displayed shows they are habituated to humans and associate them with food?, said Bressette. ?The number one concern is public safety?. It is unusual to have to close the campground for grizzlies explained Bressette. ?It is the first time in ten years that traps were set in Kinuseo Falls Campground.?

The grizzlies were not seen for seven days after the initial sighting and there was no evidence they had been back in the campground. Kinuseo Falls Campground reopened Wednesday September 5th.

Grizzly Bears reach weights of 300-1500 pounds. The coat color ranges from shades of blond, brown, black or a combination of these; the long outer guard hairs are often tipped with white or silver giving it a grizzled appearance hence the name. The grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their mass size this bear runs at speeds of up to 35 mph. Nearly half of Canada?s grizzly population – about 13 000 – lives in this province. They prefer semi-open country usually in mountainous areas.