People approaching, feeding a bear in Mount Fernie
“If you ever witness anything like this in a park contact park staff immediately if possible and call the Conservation Officer Hotline on 1-877-952-7277. It is an offence in B.C. to feed wildlife. Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation, they lose they fear of people; no longer behave like wild bears and often end up in conflict with people,” WildSafeBC stated on its website.
It is an offence in B.C. to provide food by intent or neglect to wildlife; BC Wildlife Act.
The bear in this picture is displaying defensive behaviour, swatting the ground with his paw and looking distressed. The bear then ran up a tree to escape the threat (people). This is normal behaviour for a wild bear.
Photos by Steven Szelei