Bear destroyed in northwestern B.C.

Conservation officers urge people to secure garbage

Conservation officers are reminding people to keep their garbage secured after a bear had to be destroyed for getting into garbage.

The black bear was put down Nov. 3 after hanging around residences in Copper River Estates, getting into garbage and people’s vehicles, causing damage, said Skeena conservation officer Ryan Gordon.

“It’s a critical time of year and bears are fattening up. It hasn’t quite been cold enough for hibernation so it’s still important to secure your garbage,” said Gordon.

The bear that was killed was habituated to eating garbage was a not very healthy small adult male and had been getting into garbage for some time, he added.

It had been hanging around the area around the middle of October and then returned for Hallowe’en, Gordon said.

The bear was caught after a trap was set up in the afternoon of Nov. 3.