An award of up to $12,000 is still available for anyone who may have information leading to the person responsible for the killing of a grizzly bear last fall.
“The BC Conservation Officer Service is still searching for whoever is responsible. A reward remains available,” BC COS told the Squamish Reporter. “We encourage anyone with information to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.”
Last fall, three local non-profits offered $12,000 for any information leading to the illegal killing of a grizzly bear in Squamish. Squamish Valley Rod & Gun Club and Pemberton Wildlife Association offer $10,000 for any information about the incident. The BC Wildlife Federation pitched in with $2,000 for any information that would lead to a successful conviction.
The Conservation Officer Service has also issued an appeal to the public for any information that may lead to the suspect in the illegal killing of a grizzly bear. The bear was relocated from Squamish in September 2020 and was found dead in the Squamish River in August.
Conservation Officers believe that the grizzly bear was shot sometime between August 7 and 9, 2023. The grizzly bear had a yellow ear tag and was known to frequent the area of the confluence of the Cheakamus River and the Squamish River. Upon investigation, a necropsy revealed that the grizzly bear had been shot, and a rope was tied around it to drag it into the river.
Local Pemberton residents and bear experts have also written to the Conservation Officer Service to hire a grizzly bear specialist for the Sea to Sky Corridor. Two Pemberton residents and three grizzly bear experts, Lana M. Ciarniello, Bruce McLellan, and Michelle McLellan, recently wrote about hiring such a specialist to the province.