The City of Edmonton is beginning to remove certain homeless encampments, following concerns from residents about a decision to “pause” enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travis Boucher, a resident of Edmonton’s Boyle Street neighbourhood, said Friday that city crews cleaned up a large encampment near 105 Avenue and 96 Street the day prior.

The camp formed near the LRT tunnel and the bottle depot earlier this year and had around 15 tents with 20 to 30 residents.

Boucher said the camp has become a concern for residents of Métis Capital Housing, saying it has been been source of noise, unruly behaviour and crime. Things came to a head Thursday night, when Boucher and a group of men smoking outside were bear sprayed by a woman who they believe came from the camp.