Metro Vancouver closes two North Vancouver hiking trails due to "extreme" bear activity

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      Update (August 31): Both trails have been reopened but officials recommend staying away from the area. A trap has been set to catch the bear. More details are available in this article.  

      Metro Vancouver has closed two hiking trails due to the presence of bears.

      Today (August 30), Metro Vancouver announced that the Varley Trail and Connector Trail are closed due to "extreme bear activity".

      A bear alert remains active for Lynn Loop Trail in Lynn Headwaters.

      The alert follows an incident on the upper portion of the trail when a bear attacked an unleashed dachshund and killed it.

      Metro Vancouver advises hikers to not approach or feed bears, and to hike with others and make noises along the way to alert wildlife of your presence.

      In the event of encountering a bear, Metro Vancouver recommends not running, backing away slowly while facing the bear, talking to the bear in a confident voice, and ensure that the bear has a clear exit.

      More information about bear safety is available online.

      Anyone who sees an aggressive bear is asking to call the B.C. Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277.

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