Conservation Officers set up a bear trap near Alexander Park on Sunday in response to multiple reports of a bear getting into garbage in the area.

Updated: Bear euthanized

After setting up a trap last week for a black bear, Conservation Officers found the bear this morning and were forced to destroy it.

A black bear was euthanized in Golden a little over a week after conservation officers originally set up a trap in the Alexander Park neighbourhood. The trap was set up on May 15 after numerous incidents in the area.

“Between May 12 and 13 we had about a half-dozen reports of bears successfully getting into people’s garbage, all in the same general neighbourhood,” said Conservation Officer Dan Bartol.

“Normally when a bear gets that many food rewards, he becomes a persistent problem.”

The trap was taken down on May 21 after sightings of the problematic bear dissipated.

On May 23, however, Bartol received a report of a bear near the same neighbourhood that matched the original bear’s description.

Bartol responded to a report on Monday morning of a roaming bear in a different neighbourhood. After arriving on the scene,  he approached the bear and the bear didn’t exhibit any fear and didn’t back away from Bartol. With the animal clearly showing signs of habituation, Bartol took the decision to subdue and euthanize the bear. It is believed that this was the same bear from Alexander Park.

Despite the early start to the spring, bear issues have been kept to a minimum so far this year.

A warning has been posted regarding bear sightings at Keith King Memorial Park, but Bartol doesn’t believe that animal is a conditioned bear as residents on Selkirk Hill have typically done a good job of securing attractants.

While COs haven’t had to issue any violation tickets so far this spring, Bartol is still seeing too many instances where residents have failed to avoid rewarding bears with food.

“There is a very high level of non-compliance with the municipal bylaw and provincial regulation that you have to secure your garbage,” Bartol said.

Anyone spotting non-compliance amongst their neighbours is encouraged to contact Conservation Officers at 1-877-952-7277.

“We have to work together. Nobody wants to see these bears being destroyed…but I think there is quite a level of complacency,” Bartol said.


Just Posted

TSB makes two safety advisories in probe of fatal train derailment near Field

The train derailment killed three crew members on board

Fruitvale man identified in fatal zipline accident in Thailand

Spencer Donaldson, 25, was from Fruitvale, B.C., the city’s mayor has confirmed

Golden’s Easter Sunday Sunrise Service changes location

The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service has been an ongoing tradition in Golden… Continue reading

Wildsight Golden invites community to clean up on Earth Day

Submitted Have you heard of Wildsight? Wildsight Golden is a local non-profit… Continue reading

Skatepark phase 2 gets nod of approval from council

Town council has given the nod of approval for potential skate park… Continue reading

It was no Kentucky Derby: B.C. girls host foot-long snail race

Two Grade 3 students in White Rock put four snails to the test in a hotly-contested street race

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Police probe eight fires set at B.C. elementary school

Nanaimo RCMP say fires appear to have been set intentionally

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

Whitecaps fans stage walkout over club’s response to allegations against B.C. coach

Soccer coach has been suspended by Coastal FC since February

Three climbers presumed dead after avalanche in Banff National Park

One of the men is American and the other two are from Europe, according to officials

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select sailings

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries will be available on the Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

Most Read