VPD responds as residents report increase in bear banger explosions

May 25 2020, 5:16 pm

It’s an issue that appears to be getting worse for some residents.

Over recent days, Vancouverites have taken to social media to report what they say is an increase in the amount of bear bangers that are being set off in the city – particularly around the Downtown Eastside and nearby neighbourhoods.

In response to these and other similar concerns, VPD Sgt. Aaron Roed told Daily Hive that police get “routinely” notified of these incidents, and “this has not gone up in the past little while.” It remains, however, “an ongoing issue with officers being notified of these loud bangs and people lighting off bear bangers.”

If people are witnessing the lighting of these bear bangers, Roed said they should contact and notify police. He also encouraged people to notify the city’s 311 complaint line.

“Public safety is always our main concern, and when these incidents are reported, VPD officers will look into each incident.”

Used primarily in the backcountry as an added safeguard against bear encounters, bear bangers make a loud gunshot style noise and are intended to scare bears away without harming them.

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