Conservation officers were called to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park around 10:30 Sunday morning after a bear climbed into one of its trees.
“We had a bear up in a tree – conservation attended, they tranquilized it, stayed up there for a while because it was kind of stuck in there when it was sleeping, and they’ve since were able to get it out of the tree and they’ve taken it off to release it somewhere else.”
RCMP Sergeant Tim Sylvestri says about five officers provided crowd control while the conservation team tranquilized the bear.
“From what I understand it turned into quite and event with a lot of people getting a little too close to what they should have been so we had to create a perimiter to keep everyone safe and let the conservation people do their work”
Sylvestri says the whole incident lasted about five hours — before the bear was eventually relocated out of the city.
With the weather warming and bear season now upon us — Metro residents are being reminded to be careful about attracting the animals.
Christine Miller of the North Shore Black Bear Society says new food scrap rules mean some people may need to take extra care with their waste.
“A lot of people, if they don’t have a really really secure garage, they freeze meat and bones until the morning of collection.”
Miller says diapers can also attract bears — and that it’s good practice not to take trash out until the morning it’s picked up.