By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Aug. 14, 2012
Conservation officer were forced to kill a mama bear and her cub because some campers at Alice Lake Campground failed to secure bear attractants yet again.
“It’s very frustrating that people are not getting the message about properly ensuring attractants,” said Sgt. Peter Busink.
The sow and the cub had been active in the campground for the past three weeks, Busink said.
The sow had entered an RV trailer and caused property damage in the past few weeks.
Looking for food, it rubbed against tents at night and ultimately became a public safety risk too high to ignore.
Early this morning, both the sow and the cub were back again looking for food.
The sow was destroyed, but the cub was tranquilized.
It was to be taken to the Critter Care Rehabilitation Centre in Langley. However, the cub did not survive the immobilization process.
Busink said the cub’s death was rare, but not unheard of when it comes to tranquilizing small bears.
Busink said unattended food and other bear attractants left behind by some campers attracted the continued presence of both bears.
To deter the behaviour, conservation officer issued three violation tickets in the past one week, but to no avail.
“Over 1000 campers were provided an extraordinary amount of information regarding securing attractants against bears,” Busink said.
The COS is again reminding campers to ensure they properly secure their attractants and that coolers are not bear proof.
Reports of human wildlife conflict can be made through the RAPP line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-952-7277.
This year, conservation officers have had to destroy six bears in the Squamish area.