Residents on Port Moody’s north shore neighbourhood of Heritage Mountain were awakened last night (Dec. 2) around 3:45 a.m. by banging noises and a heavy item being dragged along the street.
Upon investigation, I found it was a late-hibernating black bear going through the neighbour’s garbage.
It is unusual to see black bears in the area in December. Bears do show up in the neighbourhood during the summer months but this is a first in December in over 30 years of living in the area.
Residents should be reminded to be vigilant about locking up their garbage carts and not to place anything that may attract weather-non-conforming bruins.
It also goes to show that climate change is having its effect.
Henry Tsan, Port Moody