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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Default Keyhole/pebble creek hotsprings closed

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PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE-The Pebble Creek Hotsprings Trail, also known as the Keyhole Falls Hotsprings Trail, located at 42 km on the Upper Lillooet Forest Service Road, has been CLOSED indefinitely due to the presence of numerous food conditioned black bears and grizzly bears in the area. Remember a fed bear is a dead bear, campers must secure their food and garbage so that wildlife cannot access it.

PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE: Pebble Creek/Keyhole Falls Hotsprings remains closed due to the presence of numerous food conditioned and aggressive bears. There has been a confirmed report that a sow black bear with four cubs has charged 2 people. This is a very dangerous situation and the bears in the area are acting aggressively. There is a high probability that continued use of the area will result in an attack. The public must respect this closure or we may be forced to destroy this bear.

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PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE-The Pebble Creek Hotsprings Trail, also known as the Keyhole Falls Hotsprings Trail, located at 42 km on the Upper Lillooet Forest Service Road, has been CLOSED indefinitely due to the presence of numerous food conditioned black bears and grizzly bears in the area. Remember a fed bear is a dead bear, campers must secure their food and garbage so that wildlife cannot access it.

PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE: Pebble Creek/Keyhole Falls Hotsprings remains closed due to the presence of numerous food conditioned and aggressive bears. There has been a confirmed report that a sow black bear with four cubs has charged 2 people. This is a very dangerous situation and the bears in the area are acting aggressively. There is a high probability that continued use of the area will result in an attack. The public must respect this closure or we may be forced to destroy this bear.
Any word on whether the food came from campers or IPP workers? My guess is campers...
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You will notice that they are closing the trail, not the work camp...
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I heard about this on Instagram last week. Sadly it definitely sounds like the people camping there have left food out repeatedly. I think these are the bears https://www.instagram.com/p/BGqRbOMu...n-by=maxzedler
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Thanks for the update. Ugh, not surprised
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Thanks for the heads up, Dru. We were planning a trip that way soon but will make other plans. Seems a few more Grizz are popping up northeast of whistler. We crossed paths with a very large one 15km up the Soo FSR about a month ago and a pair of them were spotted at the back of the Callaghan recently.

The last thing we all need is for the bears to get habituated to humans.

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The last thing we all need is for the bears to get habituated to humans.
oh, but bears are getting habituated to humans. In Canada is it maybe still not as bad as in some of these horror movies that pop up on youtube down south, but it's getting there. The other day up the Icefields some 10km north of Lake Louise -- traffic jam. Single black, sitting in the bush just his head popping up. And at least 2 dozen people out of their cars, children included, crossing the road just to get better pic

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Damn that's shitty... damn hikers/campers messing things up there.

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The other day up the Icefields some 10km north of Lake Louise -- traffic jam. Single black, sitting in the bush just his head popping up. And at least 2 dozen people out of their cars, children included, crossing the road just to get better pic

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Saw a similar mess in Kootenay park last week. Idiot parents walking their kids up to a huge black bear at the viewpoint on the parkway. Ranger pulled up, not sure what she said but everyone buggered off. People treating parks and wilderness like its Disneyland.

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Saw a similar mess in Kootenay park last week. Idiot parents walking their kids up to a huge black bear at the viewpoint on the parkway. Ranger pulled up, not sure what she said but everyone buggered off. People treating parks and wilderness like its Disneyland.
I generally don't like zoos but it almost makes you wonder if they should have a zoo at the entrance so everyone can see a bear up close and then very clear signage that you must keep back 100 m within the Park or face very stiff fines.
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This hot spring and location pop up continuously in my Instagram feed, very very popular spot. I'm not surprised.
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Heard a couple grizz have already been spotted at Keyhole this spring and the trail & springs remain closed http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/searc...DSQ&type=Trail
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Originally Posted by Recreation Sites and Trails BC Facebook Page, 18 hrs ago
Keyhole/Lilwatatkwa7 Hot Springs Trail is CLOSED indefinately. Location:Sea to Sky District, Km 42 Upper Lillooet FSR. This public safety closure is due to the presence of at least four AGGRESSIVE BEARS in the hot springs area. Food and garbage frequently left at the hot springs has taught these bears to obtain food from humans. These bears now directly associate food with people, are behaving aggressively, and are obtaining food from tents, and backpacks. In this type of situation bear attacks are VERY likely. Help us ensure your safety and the survival of these bears and DO NOT ENTER THE AREA. Always be cautious and prepared for an encounter with bears when travelling in the wilderness.
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Keyhole Hotsprings are open Ö
http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/searc...DSQ&type=Trail

Ö but not accessible via Lillooet River FSR?
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/i...o-sky-district
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