BC Conservation says it’s investigating an individual who may have been feeding a bear that was euthanized in West Vancouver last week.
It’s possible that charges could be laid.
Deputy Chief Conservation Officer Chris Doyle says the black bear put down is believed to be the same one that came into close contact with a camper in the North Shore.
A YouTube video even shows the camper tossing a smoothie at the bear.
The incident followed a blog post titled “You Killed a Bear” by Taryn Eyton in which she shames Garibaldi Lake campers and visitors who left trash and food available to bears.
Investigating those who may have fed the bear regularly
Doyle says he’s received tips that someone else had been consistently feeding the West Vancouver bear.
“There was some information that the bear was fed as well as feeding on local garbage in the neighborhood.”
If proven, there could be serious consequences.
“If we are able to prove the allegations that the bear was fed and we know who did it, then charges would likely be pending after that. But we can also submit a report to crown counsel recommending court prosecution.”
At the very least that person could face a $345 fine.
Keeping trash away from bears: still not taken seriously enough
Another bear incident not far from memory is the mid-August mauling of a 10-year-old girl in Port Coquitlam. The girl survived the attack, but trash ticket numbers continue to climb in her community despite a severe warning to residents that open trash will attract bears.
City Councillor Terri Towner expresses frustration that the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.
“We just have to keep telling them that if we can’t keep bears out of our garbage, that our neighborhoods will be at risk and bears will be shot.”