With Spring upon us, bears will be coming out of hibernation in search of food.
Fish and Wildlife public affairs officer Brendan Cox says people should stay clear of boreal forest areas, foothills and mountainous regions because black bears are more likely to be found there.
Cox adds bears have been known to inhabit Grande Prairie and people should be cautious when on trails.
“We encourage everyone to make as much noise as possible, to travel with a group when possible, you should also keep all pets on a leash and it’s things like not wearing your ear buds or anything else that might interfere with your ability to hear any wildlife.”
He says to also make sure food and bird feeders aren’t left outside, as it will attract bears into neighborhoods.
“You should also put your garbage out the day of pick up, opposed to the night before.”
If the public has any concerns about dangerous wildlife in the region, they are encouraged to report it to a conservation officer immediately.