By Laura Keil

Valemount residents aren’t used to dodging bears outside their homes, but that’s exactly what happened Sunday and Monday this week.

Two residents living on 8th place and Gorse Street have seen bears outside their homes, and one of them crossed the elementary school field.

“So a nice big black bear just walked through the elementary school field to the gate at 9th & Gorse,” Pete Pearson posted online. “RCMP guided it back into the schoolyard where it climbed the fence and headed toward the arena.”

Residents are encouraged to remove fruit from trees, remove bird feeders, keep garbage secure and remove any possible attractants to avoid snooping bears.