2019-08-07

Bear sighting prompted temporary closure of park in Pine Grove



  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>A bear taken into custody in the early 2000s in Bridgewater.</p>

A community park in Pine Grove re-opened two days after an individual attending the Charlie Lane recreational space saw a bear cub near the edge of the woods.

The person at the facility - which houses a playground, outdoor rink, soccer pitch, basketball court and other amenities - saw the animal on July 7 before 12 noon. The person, who also heard the cub make a screeching sound, left right away and contacted the Pine Grove Outdoor Play Park committee, the volunteer group which operates the two hectare site.

The park, in operation since 2011, was closed and contact was made with Nova Scotia's Department of Lands and Forestry. An alert was posted online on the park's social media page.

An official with the department checked the park that afternoon, committee secretary Amy Cohoon-Swim told LighthouseNOW, and didn't find issues with the park that could have factored in attracting a bear. Lands and Forestry was "impressed with the cleanliness of the park," the committee posted on Facebook.

It was decided to keep people away from the area for about 48 hours as it was believed the cub - and possibly its mother - were passing through in search of a food source.

The park's gate re-opened at 10 a.m. July 9. The committee posted online "tips to keep bears away."

Cohoon-Swim said it's the first time the park has been closed due to an animal issue, although there's been temporary closures in the past in the winter for ice maintenance.

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