There’s been an increase in bear activity around the province, and the Conservation Officer Service is asking residents to stay alert.

Dean Miller says this past summer was fairly good in terms of bear conflict but notes that during the next while, you need to be aware that bears will be getting ready for the winter.

“We always urge the public to be very diligent during all times of the year but especially in the fall because bears are getting what’s called hyperphagia, which means that their systems are slowing down but they are probably a lot more hungry this time of year.”

He says that they know that they have to survive a long winter season so they’re trying to put as many calories into their bodies as possible.

Meanwhile, in the Comox Valley, the City of Courtenay reported a bear sighting in the area of the Rotary Trail at Cumberland Road and 17th Street on Monday, October 23rd.

Miller adds that they expect bears will be out roaming for food until mid-December.