SPN published a letter last week from a reader upset that 1) another bear trap had been set, 2) that that bear would be caught and killed, and 3) that humans and their attractants were what caused the bear to become habituated.
A copy of that letter is here.
That bear has since been caught and killed.
Debbie Read of Wild Wise Sooke has posted the following update on various social media groups:
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A bear trap was set early this week in Sooke. A bear was trapped and destroyed . Before you blame conservation officers, understand this bear was attracted by garbage,fruit trees and bird seed. It became habituated, a nuisance and began to get into conflict. We must take responsibility! Clean up attractions around your home … prevent bears from coming into conflicts!
Earlier this week, we also posted a video by Brian Rundle and Wendy Duckworth, which we are re-posting below. This is what a bear in nature looks like.
A CBC news story this morning reported that calls this year were up 500 per cent from last year, in part because of the long hot summer.
Our question to our readership: What should be done? Do we need more education? Fines? Higher fines?