The Conservation Officer Service is warning people about bears.
This comes after sightings have dramatically spiked.

Conservation officer James Hilgemann said there is a common thread to why bears roam into towns.

“People are not willing to get up early in the morning, so they bring out the garbage the night before.  Just not being responsible for attractants seems to the gist of most of our complaints.”

Anyone who creates an attractant for bears could face a 230 dollar fine.

Meanwhile, on the Sunshine Coast, a grizzly bear was spotted behind the Hidden Grove area near Sandy Hook.

That’s an area used by hikers and dog walkers.

The Conservation Officer Service said the sighting hasn’t been confirmed but visitors to the area should be vigilant.

Grizzly bears are not commonly seen on the Sunshine Coast.