While “move to Canada” searches were trending on Google during election night in the US, it appears one particular resident tried to skip the proper procedures to do so.
And on Wednesday morning, officials at the US/Canada crossing between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, BC, responded when the resident – a bear cub – showed up at the border.
On social media, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said the “traveller sought entry for essential reasons, but had no travel documents.”
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And “after a forceful attempt” by the bear to cross the border, the CBSA said officers apprehended the bear and transferred it to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) in Smithers, BC, where it will remain to hibernate for the winter.
An NLWS spokesperson told Daily Hive that the bear is “about nine months old,” and is about 21-pounds – “quite underweight.”
However, “she has settled in well, and is eating up a storm.”
The bear has now also been named Annie by the kids of the parents who helped catch the cub.
“Their dad called us, and their mom – a NLWS Volunteer – caught the cub,” the spokesperson said.
In light of this incident, human travellers are being reminded that the border closure between Canada and the United States is still in effect until at least November 21, after an extension to the closure was announced last month.
“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” said Canada’s Public Safety Minister and MP Bill Blair at the time.
In March, all non-essential travel was closed along the border. However, trucking and trade were not affected, as maintaining commerce between the two countries was deemed essential for Canada’s economic recovery.
At the time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would be closed for as long as it needs to be.