. by Tom Fletcher – BC Local News
. Cranbrook Invermere Smithers posted Oct 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Bear-related incidents recorded in the past month by the B.C. Conservation
. A grizzly bear caught in a wolf trap near the Palliser River west of
Invermere was freed by conservation officers, after the trapper reported the
“The adult female grizzly was successfully immobilized and the trap was
removed from her paw without any incident,” Deputy Chief Chris Doyle said.
. Conservation officers captured and relocated a female grizzly bear and its
two cubs at Cherryville in the South Okanagan after they were attracted into
someone’s yard by fruit left from trees. The bears were sedated and
relocated within their home range.
. Skeena district conservation officers are investigating after a mother
black bear and two cubs were shot and dumped near Granisle. Another
investigation involves the shooting of five black bears in separate
locations along a road near Fort Nelson.
. Bear conflicts have declined as winter has approached in B.C., but there
are still hotspots, including Kamloops where bear incident reports are the
highest in a decade.
Bears continue to be attracted mainly by exposed garbage, fruit and other
attractants. Province-wide, there were more than 3,000 calls to the COS
about bears in October, and 20,000 since April 1.
Pumpkins are another attractant, and Doyle reminded people who set out
Halloween pumpkins to remove them as soon as the festivities are over.
Conservation officers get thousands of bear conflict calls, investigate
mother bear and cubs shot and dumped