A fruit tree laden with apples proved to be too temping for a black bear in the Terrace area, but it cost the bear its life.
Sgt Tracy Walbauer of the Conservation Service said the bear was shot by officers on Monday because it had lost its fear of people. Walbauer adds it is through the fault of people that officers were forced to take the path they did. The bear was just being a bear and Walbauer suggests those with fruit trees either pick up fruit on a regular basis, or cut the tree down.
Walbauer says the animal had been hanging around the residence for several days and efforts to chase it away weren’t working. Bears can become aggressive if a person infringes into its personal space. If the animal doesn’t show aggression, it is habituated and there isn’t much that can be done after that.
As far as just relocating the bear, Walbauer says it isn’t a preferred way to deal with wayward bears because they more often than not just find their way back to the same food source. There are report of a Kermode at the top of Kalum hill and if it too gets into the garbage and fruit, it faces being put down despite the rareness of the spirit bear.
Attracting wildlife carries a fine of $575.