A human-habituated bear in Garabaldi Park could be put down by conservation officers, and a Vancouver-area hiker says it’s campers’ fault.
The conservation service says the bear has become used to people and has false charged at least twice.
Taryn Eyton says she’s been to the park several times this summer and often sees novice campers leaving food in tents and unsecured. Her latest blog post titled “You Killed a Bear” shames careless outdoor users for their behaviour.
“Bears are killed every weekend almost, all summer in British Columbia, for these reasons. It’s incredibly frustrating. And I don’t know if its because people are ignorant, or because they’re willfully negligent. But it’s definitely infuriating.”
Eyton says back country users need to do their homework, or they’ll put more animals lives at risk.
“You just need to do a little research before you go outside… A lot of these people who are going out into the outdoors have only seen pictures on Instagram of the place, they’re not very well educated about etiquette, and about how to keep themselves and their fellow hikers safe.”
Last weekend at Garibaldi was gorgeous as always but it was also heartbreaking as the Rangers had to call in a conservation officer to euthanize a food conditioned bear. I have a new post up on my blog (link in my profile) that I hope will resonate with hikers and campers: basically you killed a bear. Your actions, your carelessness, your refusal to keep a clean campsite killed a bear. Please give it a read, let me know what you think and share it with your friends. It's a sad lesson we all need to learn.