No grizzly bear or tracks found near Fort Liard after sighting reported: ENR

Reports of the bear sighting were posted to Facebook on Monday.

(Photo retrieved from Fort Liard's website)

The department of Environment and Natural Resources said it is aware of reports of a grizzly bear near Fort Liard.

A post on Monday in the Acho Dene Koe Fort Liard Facebook page claims a grizzly bear was spotted near the community.

Joslyn Oosenbrug, a spokesperson for ENR, says the department is aware a grizzly bear was reportedly spotted at the junction of Highway 7 and the access road.

She says in an email the ENR officer in the community patrolled the area where the bear was reported, but did not see a bear or any tracks.

The officer will continue conducting regular patrols, she adds.

Grizzly bears are not common in the Fort Liard area, but there have been past sightings.

Oosenbrug adds, grizzly bears may be more active than black bears in the later fall season.

ENR said residents should practice bear safety precautions when out on-the-land or in wooded areas.

All wildlife sightings can be reported directly to the Fort Liard ENR officer at (250) 500-3428.

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