A four-year-old male black bear was shot and killed by a conservation officer on Tuesday when it returned for a second helping of food from a West Vancouver home’s freezer.
The bear was one of two that had broke through a door to get into the garage of the British Properties home in search of a snack. The homeowners called West Vancouver Police who used the air horns on their vehicles to frighten the bears away into a nearby wooded area.
However, as the conservation officer was in the process of installing a trap near the broken doorway, one of the bears returned to the property.
The bear, aggravated by the presence of people, came close to where workers were installing a temporary door, causing concerns for their safety. With no other available choices, the conservation officer shot and killed the bear.
Image: West Vancouver Police
With bears becoming increasingly active this time of year, WVP have suggested a series of “Bear Safety Basics” to be followed;
- Place garbage at curb side no sooner than 5am on the morning of pickup.
- Store all garbage in your house, garage, shed or other secure enclosure.
- Regardless of where your store your garbage container, keep it clean and odour-free.
- Freeze smelly items, such as meat trays and the skin and bones of poultry and fish, until the morning of pickup.
- Keep diapers inside. There are products on the market that enable indoor storage.
- Remove all bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders, until the winter.
- Ensure that barbecues are kept odour-free. Turn them on high for 10 minutes when you are finished cooking and scrub off the food remnants. Remove any grease catchers and take indoors. (Do not store the propane tanks indoors.)
- Pick fruit from trees as soon as it is ripe, and remove any fruit that falls to the ground.
- Turn compost to reduce smells. Only add raw fruit and vegetables and yard trimmings, and keep a lid on the bin.
- Keep pet food inside.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers inside.
Bear sightings can be reported directly to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.
Featured Image: Black Bear via Shutterstock