B.C. Conservation Officers are reminding the public as the days grow longer and the temperatures get warmer to be mindful of bears in their neighbourhood.
A mother bear and two yearling cubs were put down yesterday in Port Moody.
Murray Smith with the Conservation Officers Service explained the decision.
“The police called because it was midnight and the bears had been accessing garbage in the garage and the door was left slightly ajar and they had been accessing the garage that way.”
Smith says the mother bear had prior problems of breaking into buildings and getting into garbage and been labelled a conflict bear.
Given its previous record, Smith says the bears had lost their fear in humans, prompting the decision.
“They’ve learned extensively from the mother that people are associated with food, and that’s a really bad combination to allow to continue.”
Smith says with warmer temperatures ahead, more instances of bears in residential areas are coming to homes not careful with their scraps.
“All garbage needs to be locked away in secure buildings, and bears are very strong animals, so it’s got to be a really secure building to keep a bear out.”
Smith says the best way to keep bears out of the neighbourhood is to keep unsecured garbage away from your home.