Barriere residents need to be bear aware

Barriere apartment resident sees bear attacking freezer unit

Remnants of an old deep freeze which have been successful for many years keeping hungry bears away from the garbage from the apartment buildings in Barriere.

Remnants of an old deep freeze which have been successful for many years keeping hungry bears away from the garbage from the apartment buildings in Barriere.

The old freezer units use as garbage bins in behind the Elim Enterprises apartment building on Barriere Town Road were attacked by a hungry bear late Sunday evening this past week.

One of the residents of the apartment building heard the commotion around 10:30 p.m. and looked out from his balcony. He saw the big bear and right away went back inside.

The freezers recently had locks added, in order to prevent bears from getting into them, which this bear did not take kindly to.

The bear pulled the freezer away from the wall, tipped it over and proceeded to tear away at it in an effort to get at the contents, ripping up the bottom and chewing on the lid.

Residents of Barriere should be aware that this is a large bear and be careful when walking around town after dark.

Be Bear Aware! For more information on how to be more bear aware and on what to do if you have an encounter with a  bear visit www.bearaware.bc.ca.