Bear killed by conservation after habituation in Hope neighbourhood

Bears still rummaging for food in Hope, says bear educator

Another bear has been ended up a dead bear in Hope, after foraging for food in a residential area.

Lydia Koot, a bear educator in Hope, says the bear was shot on the weekend, “because he ended up being in peoples garbage and bird feeders.”

“This is not acceptable,” she says. She says it’s unclear why bears are still out, but the fact that they keep finding food in backyards isn’t helping.

“One thing we know for sure is that bears go to sleep because of a lack of food in nature,” she wrote on Facebook. “If they keep finding garbage or filled bird feeders, or any other attractants, they might not go to sleep at all.”

She questions whether feeding the birds is more important than saving the bears who eat the seeds. Once a bear becomes human habituated, conservation officers are left with little choice but to put the bears down. Only certain bears are eligible for relocation, they’ve told The Hope Standard previously.

Koot says it’s not the officers’ fault.

“People are quick to blame the COs, but the responsibility rests by all of us,” she says. “We all need to clean up our properties and make sure we scare the bear away from our gardens instead of just grabbing our cameras. Let’s keep them wild and safe and they might go to sleep if nothing yummy is to be found.”

READ MORE: ‘This is nearly unprecedented’: Five bears killed after roaming near Penticton school


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Some Hope school buses will soon have seatbelts

Parents asked to encourage children to comply with new safety rules

Threats to the Fraser River at a ‘new zenith,’ says river conservationist

The ‘Heart of the Fraser’ should be deemed ecologically significant according to ORC statement

Fraser Valley Regional District administration/government costs set to rise by 18%

Mosquito control and fire dispatch costs also set for increase

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Annual Stuff the Cruiser event planned for Saturday in Hope

Bring non-perishable foods to help fill up police car

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Most Read