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Coquitlam resident sees big bear 'pose' for photos

Coquitlam resident Astar Henry returned home Sunday night to find a big bear on the street — posing for photos.

Coquitlam resident Astar Henry returned home Sunday night (June 13) to find a big bear on the street — posing for photos.

The “gorgeous brown bear” has been travelling for years through the Pipeline Road/Robson Drive area, which is close to the Coquitlam River.

“We have many bears walk through our street. [We] don't wish them any harm,” the Tri-City News reader wrote in an email yesterday (June 15).

Bear sightings are common in the Tri-Cities.

Earlier this month, Metro Vancouver shut Oliver Road to Coquitlam’s Minnekhada regional park to vehicles because of bear traffic and the “high potential for negative human-bear interactions.”

Wildsafe BC cites the following tips as bear season continues:

  • Keep your garbage in or secured until the day of collection. Garbage is the number one attractant cited in reports to the provincial hotline
  • Manage your fruit trees
  • Don’t let windfalls accumulate, and pick fruit as it ripens
  • Don’t put out bird feeders when bears are active
  • Keep your compost working properly with lots of brown materials and a regular schedule of turning

- with files from Kyle Balzer, Tri-City News