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Officials warn trick-or-treaters to carry spray as the biggest scare this year could be an encounter with a bear

Bears' war on Halloween continues

Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:34 AM - After polar bears did their best to ruin Halloween in Nunavut, officials warned trick-or-treaters in Banff that the biggest scare on Halloween could be encountering a bear.

According to a Parks Canada employee a female bear has been entering town looking for food, running into and at times startling residents.

Among the precautions suggested for locals is getting rid of any jack-o'-lanterns or spare pumpkins they might have outside their homes. Officials are also asking those heading out on Halloween to collect candy to have bear spray handy.

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The town currently has a bear warning so that residents know that there is a possibility of encounter. The animal—also known as number 148— has a radio collar and park official are tracking the bear from a distance.

Number 148 is scavenging for food ahead of its hibernation period. Officials are hoping that in the coming weeks everything carries on regularly without any problems as the last thing they want to do is put the animal down.

As of 2008 there are between 50 and 70 specimens in the area.

If a bear is spotted, authorities are asking they be immediately contacted at 403-762-1470.

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