West Vancouver Police are urging residents to review food storage in the wake of officers having to shoot a black bear.
It happened Tuesday morning at a home in the 200-block of Onslow Place, in the British Properties.
Two bears had broken through the side door of a garage, pried open a chest freezer, and begun feeding.
Responding officers used air horns on their police vehicles to scare the bears back into the woods.
But, as a Conservation Officer was preparing a trap and several workers were installing a temporary cover on the damaged doorway, one of the bears returned and approached the men, forcing the Conservation officer to shoot.
Police say storing food in garages or outbuildings should be avoided if odours from the food can escape the enclosure and if the doors aren’t strong enough to keep the bears out.