British Columbia

Bear attacks Squamish residents in their backyard

Two residents of Squamish, B.C., were left with cuts and bruises after a black bear attacked them while they were sitting on the steps of their home.

Residents warned to be vigilant and get rid of bear attractants on their property

Officials say a black bear wandered onto a property in Squamish, B.C., and attacked two residents. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Two residents of Squamish, B.C. were left with cuts and bruises after a "territorial" black bear attack on the back steps of their home.

The Conservation Officer Service and the District of Squamish said the attack took place Thursday at about 8 p.m. PT in the Garibaldi Estates area south of Garibaldi Way.

Conservation officers said they have set a trap for the bear, which is still at large. 

"Territorial bear attacks are rare in Squamish," said Wild Safe B.C. in a Facebook post

"Leading up to the attack, the bear was seen in fruit trees and unsecured garbage. Now that the fruit trees are no longer producing fruit, food resources are becoming more scarce." 

The District of Squamish said the competition for food has led to "extremely high" black bear activity in the area.

Officials are warning Squamish residents to be cautious and to secure garbage and other bear attractants from their homes.