Black bear hit by SkyTrain on Friday dies of injuries

Jun 1 2019, 12:24 am

The bear that was hit by a SkyTrain in Port Moody at approximately noon on Friday died from his injuries.

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Nicole Caithness with the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCOS) told Daily Hive the animal was a yearling black bear, and it likely died upon impact given the severity of its injuries.

BCOS was deployed to the scene of the incident, which occurred in an area between the stations in Port Moody.

To allow for conservation officers to assess the incident and remove the body, SkyTrain was temporarily disrupted in the afternoon, with shuttle trains operating on a single track, running between Moody Centre Station and Coquitlam Central Station.

Large wildlife intrusions onto the tracks are not completely out of the ordinary on the Evergreen Extension, given its relatively close proximity to mountain and forest areas.

In 2017, SkyTrain service in the same general area was suspended when two cougars tripped the track intrusion alarm at Inlet Centre Station. They were also spotted on CCTV.

There have also been other bear-related intrusions onto the SkyTrain tracks, but this appears to be a rare occasion of wildlife incurring injuries.

Track intrusion alarms, which are a web of infrared sensors on the Millennium Line, causing the driverless trains to come to a halt if tripped by foreign objects, are only found at the stations. These sensors are not found on tracks outside of the station areas.

Two adult cougars were seen walking on the tracks at Inlet Centre Station in April 2017. (TransLink)

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