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Bear attack on two dogs leads to trail closure in Powell River

Willingdon Beach Trail reopened on Sunday, July 14
Willingdon Beach Trail, Powell River
Willingdon Beach Trail, Powell River. Peak archive photo

As a result of a bear attack on two dogs near Willingdon Beach Trail on Thursday, July 12, the popular walking spot was temporarily closed. It reopened on Sunday, July 14.

“After the incident we closed the trail,” confirmed City of Powell River parks supervisor Mike Kaban. “We followed the instructions of [Powell River conservation officer] Andrew Anaka and closed all access points to the forestry trail until further notice.” 

A Facebook post from local veterinarian Dr. Bryce Fleming yesterday had warned people to be vigilant on the trail.

“I just had two dogs brought in for a pretty savage bear attack,” he wrote.

One animal died as a result, while the second dog was able to run away. The attack occurred at the beach below the mill side of the trail. The animals were off-leash at the time of the attack.

Anaka responded to the post: “The Conservation Officer Service has attended and confirmed the attack on two dogs. As a result the Willingdon Beach Trail has been closed, a trap set and patrols made in the area. The public is asked to avoid the area for a few days.”