Yogi isn’t just hungry for food, he’s hungry for knowledge.
A black bear was snapped posing near the Simon Fraser University sign on Monday. The photo was posted to the school’s Facebook page and has since gone viral, amassing 4,000 likes and 500 shares in 17 hours at the time of publication.
Black bear season is in full swing in areas like Burnaby and the North Shore. While the animals are majestic – even cute – there have already been two instances of bears destroying property to get at food. Most recently, two Lexus SUVs were destroyed in West and North Vancouver because the owners left some tasty morsels in their vehicles overnight.
Nobody was injured in either incident, but the West Vancouver Police Department has set out a list of guidelines for those who live in bear-heavy areas (Burnaby Mountain residents, listen up):
Put your garbage curb side the day of pickup, never the night before
Store garbage in your house, garage, or shed
Keep your garbage as odour-free as possible
Freeze particularly smelly items like meat trays and chicken bones
Keep diapers inside
Remove bird feeders until the winter
Keep your barbecue clean
Pick fruit from trees as soon as it’s ripe and remove fallen fruit on the ground
Turn compost to reduce smells and keep a lid on it
Keep pet food inside
Keep refrigerators and freezers inside
This particular bear, however, was probably just on his way to summer classes.
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Lauren is a former staff writer at Daily Hive. She's a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast and Online Journalism program.