Conservation Officers have put down a black bear in Powell River following an incident involving a 5-year-old child. In a social media statement, COS said the incident happened on Tuesday at 12 pm when a group of children were playing tag in a field at Haywire Bay, as part of a day camp through the Powell River Outdoor Learning Centre.
A bear began approaching children and as they were running away, one child tripped and fell. The bear went on top of the child and was quickly scared away by nearby camp counsellors. The child received minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Conservation Officers and RCMP immediately responded and conducted a sweep of the area, but no bears were seen.
In consultation with the City of Powell River, Qathet Regional District and Recreation Sites and Trails BC, the camp and surrounding area, including nearby trails and campgrounds, were closed and signage installed. Conservation Officers returned to the and found one black bear in the vicinity of the site, which matched witness descriptions.
The bear started to approach officers and was put down by Conservation Officers. No other bears were seen during a sweep of the area.
The Conservation Officer Service will continue to monitor bear activity in the area. The COS encourages people to take precautions in case of wildlife encounters, including travelling in groups, ensuring pets are leashed and carrying bear spray. For more tips, visit WildSafeBC.