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Trio of bears back where they belong-on Burnaby Mountain

Three bears that raised concerns last week after they were seen hanging around Burnaby Mountain secondary are back where they belong, at the school's namesake.

Conservation officer Jack Trudgian said it's believed the bears returned to the mountain sometime last weekend as calls from the public about them have declined significantly since then.

Trudgian noted that berries have started appearing so the bears' natural food source has returned.

The bears, a sow and two cubs, have been monitored by conservation officers over the past week or so and were not close to having to be destroyed despite their forays onto school grounds, said Trudgian.

The problem was due to area residents being careless with their garbage which attracted the bears looking for food. He said he's also spoken with Mountain's principal who took steps to ensure the school's garbage bins were secure.

It appears the public responded to the calls for people to keep their garbage from tempting the bears.

"Bears will move on if there's no food."

Trudgian gave kudos to Simon Fraser University which has worked with conservation officers over the past two years to deal with its own recurring bear problem.

It has done an "awesome job" of making itself almost a "bear-proof university," he said, going so far as to invest in garbage bins and compactors that the wildlife they share Burnaby Mountain with can't get into.

"We used to get a lot of calls from SFU, now almost none."

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