Conservation officers receive 25 calls from Burnaby regarding human-wildlife conflict in eight days

Scenes include bears, cougars, bobcats and coyotes, but not all of them required an immediate response.

It appears that more wild animals have been spotted in Burnaby, especially over the past two weeks.

Since July 19, the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) said it has received a total of 25 reports of human-wildlife conflict in the city’s vicinity, including:

  • 16 bear conflict / scenes
  • Three Cougar Scenes
  • Three wolf vision / struggle / vehicle collision
  • One vision Bobcat
  • One deer hit the car

While they receive many vision reports, BCCOS says not all of them need an immediate response, especially if the animal is showing normal behaviour.

It makes clear that employees will respond if there is a danger to public safety or if an animal is in distress.

Burnaby has seen two incidents this summer in which black bears have been shot and killed by police, or BCCOS.

Over the long weekend of July 1, a black bear was seen chasing what appeared to be fleeing on a crowded golf course in Burnaby.

In a social media post, the animal was seen navigating a track and chasing a pack of Canada geese, causing nearby humans to scatter.

The bear continues to chase the baby geese and eventually catches them.

Another video of the same bear appears around the same time in Central Park, near Patterson Station.

This video was captured on July 2 at around 2:30 p.m., according to Sebastian Blasa, who posted it online.

In a statement to Currently, Department of Environment and Climate Change spokesman David Karn said the bear was calm and, after assessment, the bear was put down due to its behavior that threatens public safety.

“The eradication of any bear or cub is an unfortunate outcome that we are working hard to prevent,” the statement said.

“Each wildlife situation is unique and assessed individually, taking into account constantly changing conditions, such as risks to public safety and the animal’s ability to survive in the wild.

“Bears that are compatible with humans or that have been adapted to non-natural food sources are not candidates for resettlement or rehabilitation.”

A bear was killed at the border in June

On June 19, police shot and killed a black bear after the bear ventured into a crowded residential area near the Burnaby and Vancouver border.

Police have begun monitoring the bear in the hope that it will move to a safer location, according to a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Adams said.

But Addison explained that officers were forced to shoot the bear after it had made a short distance to Burnaby.

He adds that the bear was “in and out of yards”, was very close to people and pets and was “walking in crowds”.

According to social media, the bear is believed to have been shot near an intersection Hastings Street and Border Road.

When the bruin was first discovered, the VPD notified the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) as well as Animal Control for help.

Animal control personnel were deployed, but they did not arrive before police were forced to kill the bear, Addison says.

according to WildSafeBC’s Wildlife Reporting ProgramSince January 1, 2022, 383 animal sightings have been reported at Burnaby, including cougars, bears, cats and coyotes.

The county organization encourages residents to consider the following advice about bears:

  • Keep the litter or secure it until the day of collection. Garbage is the number one attraction mentioned in reports to the county hotline
  • Manage your fruit trees
    • Don’t let the gains pile up, pick the fruit as it ripens
    • If you don’t want fruit, consider…
      • Reach a fruit-picking group in your community
      • Washing flowers in the spring so that the fruits do not set
      • Replacing the tree with a fruitless one
  • Do not place bird feeders when bears are active
    • A kilo of bird seed contains nearly 8000 calories which is a big bonus for a hungry bear
  • Keep the compost working properly with plenty of brown material and a regular stirring schedule
  • If you have livestock or chickens in your backyard, use a properly installed and maintained electric fence to separate bears and livestock.

– with files from Kyle Balzer, Tri City News

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