As many as nine black bears are patrolling a section of bush around Adams Lake reserve, and that's making the residents of the Indian reserve there nervous.
Environment Minister Terry Lake said two families of bears are in the area about 60 kilometres east of Kamloops, and they all appear to have no fear of humans.
Conservation officers are concerned because a daycare and other community facilities are nearby and there's no way to tell if the bears could become aggressive.
The situation is being assessed further, but Lake said all nine bears may have to be destroyed.
He said the ministry does not want to take any chances.