Monday, June 23, 2008

Bear Shot in Nanaimo

Conservation Officer
Kills Bear as Last Resort

After chasing a young black bear around the bush five times in an attempt to tree and then sedate the bear; conservation officer Steve Ackles was forced to shot and kill the wayward bruin.

The bear caused the excitement in the Spencer and Latimer Road area on Sunday morning in an area that is heavily populated. The conservation officer says the bear was attracted by garbage which he encouraged people to not leave out.

Unless he had been able to tree the bear, drugging it on the ground was not an option as is takes about fifteen minutes for the drug to take effect and a semi-drugged bear could have darted into traffic which would be an unacceptable risk.

Bear sightings can be reported by calling 1-877-952-7277.


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