Watch for wildlife

The road through Knox Mountain Park reopened to motor vehicles on Monday.

The road through Knox Mountain Park reopened to motor vehicles on Monday.

Park staff are urging park visitors to watch for wildlife and stay on trails.

With the warmer weather, more Kelowna residents and visitors are attracted to hike, bike and drive up the mountain for its sweeping views of the city and countryside.

The reopening of the road after the winter closure means cyclists and pedestrians must remain on the pathways.

“It’s a very popular park and it can get fairly busy,” said City of Kelowna urban forestry supervisor John Penrice.

“We ask everyone to respect the rules in the park—keep dogs on a leash, stay on the trails and no smoking.”

Spring is a delicate time in the park, as tender new plant growth emerges and resident wildlife becomes more active.

Park services staff urge visitors to Knox Mountain to respect the environment.

“The female deer here in the park are pregnant right now and being chased or attacked by dogs is not good for them,” said Penrice.

“A lot of people love seeing the deer in this natural-setting park.”

Knox Mountain Road re-opened on Monday to motor vehicle traffic, which is permitted Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.