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District warns residents after mama bear and 3 cubs spotted on Okanagan Rail Trail

The District of Lake Country is warning residents after a group of bears were spotted on the Okanagan Rail Trail.

According to the district, a mama black bear and three cubs were wandering near Ribbleworth Falls on Friday. The district explained the animals are more active at this time because of spawning Kokanee salmon in the lake.

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Residents are being urged to travel in groups and make as much noise as possible when in the area the bears were spotted.

"If possible travel in a group and make some noise so any bears are aware of your presence," wrote the District. "As the fall Kokanee salmon spawning season ramps up visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source in local creeks and streams. Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the water. If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it."

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"Whenever possible, avoid encounters with bears as they can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. Bears also have excellent senses of smell and hearing and better sight than you might believe."

For more on where the bears are at, click here.

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