“EXTREME BEAR ACTIVITY” forces closure of two local trails

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Heads up if you were headed out to do some exploring in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park: Due to “EXTREME BEAR ACTIVITY” two trails are now closed.

The warning was issued Thursday morning by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, and affects the Varley Trail and the Connector Trail. And, yes, the warning included “extreme bear activity” in all caps.

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks/Facebook

Much like some of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ sassy Facebook commenters, we too can’t help but wonder what “extreme” activities bears might get up to: skateboarding? BMX biking?

Actually, it is quite serious, as Metro Vancouver Regional Parks explains: “Extreme bear activity means a bear that exhibits aggressive behaviour towards people.”

There are also concerns the bear in question is the same one that killed a dog in the area.
Officials affirm those fears: “It does seem to be the same bear. The Conservation Officers will recommend a plan of action once they’ve fully assessed the situation.”

Additionally, a bear alert remains in place for the Lynn Loop Trail.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom