The BC Conservation Officer Service says human conflicts with bears is on the rise.

Chris Doyle is the deputy chief of the Service.

“On the Sunshine Coast conservation officers are currently investigating two separate incidents where residents are suspected of feeding bears. Although the bears may not look healthy providing food to them is definitely not helpful. It does create a conflict situation. You are not helping the bear as well, that activity is unlawful and could put yourself and your neighbours and the bear at risk.”

Doyle said, if it’s warranted, the Service can issue violation tickets for feeding bears but if the activity has been going on for a prolonged period they can submit reports to Crown Counsel recommending charges.

Doyle wouldn’t be specific about where on the Sunshine Coast the incidents have been happening.