The BC Conservation Officer Service is investigating after someone released a grizzly from a live trap north of Dease Lake.
Chris Doyle is the Deputy Chief of Provincial Operations of the CO Service.
Doyle says Conservation Officers had intended to relocate the problem grizzly from the Good Hope Lake area with the hope of avoiding further conflict between the bear and people.
Doyle says that might put conservation officers in a situation where the grizzly may need to be destroyed.
He says it is an offence to tamper with bear traps.
The Conservation Officer Service says, overall, conflicts between animals and humans are down this year with June having some of the lowest numbers on record.
The bad news is, the Skeena region remains a hotspot for bear conflicts. Doyle says most of these are preventable through things like proper storage of attractants like garbage.