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4 Travel and Photographer Safety Tips – Bear Country in Sun Peaks Resort

Black Bear found in Sun Peaks, BC

Staying safe in the mountain back-country requires an understanding of practical safety tips when traveling both in the summer and winter seasons.  The tucked away mountain village of Sun Peaks, BC known as bear country to some is located an hour north-east of Kamloops, BC is one of the beautiful gems in British Columbia’s Thompson River region. Outside of Whistler, Sun Peaks is one of the top mountain regions that attract outdoor enthusiasts for many activities such as skiing, golfing, hiking, snowmobiling, and many other fun family events.

Sun Peaks is also known to attract wildlife and travel photographers hoping to catch a glimpse of a black bear in its wild habitat. However, this time of year can be particularly dangerous for bear encounters as they look to find their last mouthfuls of food before they head ‘inside’ for the winter.

Travel Bear Safety TipsSun Peaks, British Columbia like many other southern and coastal mountain ranges, is known to host black bears.

Travelers and wildlife photographers alike need to remember some key safety travel tips when trying to get the perfect picture to avoid black bear attacks.

Remember these health & safety tips for your next vacation…

1: Travel Safety Tips – Keep Your Distance From the Bears…

Avoid heading deep into the forest or following fresh bear paw prints off the beaten path. In bear country, limit any of your photography efforts to the perimeters of the forest or alongside the roadside; particularly in the spring months. A handy telephoto lens of at least 200 mm or longer is recommended for those portrait like photos, or grab a 35 mm or 50 mm lens for the most compelling images that captures the black bear in their natural habitat.

2: Be Careful With Litter and Food Left Overs…

If you’re driving into Sun Peaks for the day or parking alongside the forest roadside, be sure to close all your windows and have thrown out all food or chocolate bar wrappers. The black bears in Sun Peaks have a keen sense of smell that will search any vehicle deemed worthy of its time for food, especially during the early fall.

3: Remain Safe by Respecting the Black Bears Habitat…

Bear Country Safety TipsYou’re in bear country, meaning you’re in the habitat of a black bear. To avoid any confrontation, like any natural wildlife, respect the bears space and environment. If the bear is wanting to leave or move about, allow it do so. Whatever you do, do not block off paths or escape routes. A calm, silent, and limited movement behavior is best when moving around a black bear; if the bear’s natural behavior changes, then its best to move away.

Black bear mothers are particularly dangerous in efforts to defend their cubs, but hungry bears are particularly vulnerable. Perhaps you’ve witnessed a wildlife killing in bear country? Then it’s best to leave with your photos intact and avoid the potential anger of a bear who feels threatened over its fresh kill.

4: Be Prepared to Physically Protect Yourself From Bears…

If you’re a natural wildlife photographer – even for adventure tourists – carry a can of bear spray on you in the event of an unfortunate close encounter with a bear. Either way, it’s recommended to remain alert at all times and make loud noise by occasionally calling out or clapping, and be sure to keep your children close to you while walking in bear country.

For any other questions related to safety around Black Bears in ‘Bear Country’ Sun Peaks, BC, visit the British Columbia Conservation Foundation website.