Another day, another bear that’s had to be killed by the B.C.
Conservation Officer Service.
This one occurred on Aug. 7 at around 1 p.m. at the Kiewit work
camp on Highway 99 near the bottom of the Callaghan Valley. A large male black
bear, weighing about 300 pounds, according to conservation officer Chris Doyle,
entered an office building at the site and rummaged through garbage.
A female worker went into the building not knowing the bear was
there. The bear then charged at her, swiped at her and caused some minor
injuries, such as bruises and scratches, before taking off. The worker was
taken to the Whistler Healthcare Centre by ambulance and later released.
A trap was set for the bear and it came back to the site while
the Conservation Officer Service was still on location. It was then shot and
its carcass will undergo a necropsy, or an autopsy for animals.
Though a common stigma about black bears is that they are shy
animals, Doyle said physical encounters with humans are common when the bears
are confined to small spaces.
“If the bear has a fight or flight response, even if it’s just
trying to get out, if someone’s standing in its way to its exit, there’s likely
to be a physical encounter,” he said in an interview with
This marks the fifth bear that has been killed by the B.C.
Conservation Officer Service this season in Whistler, and the third in less
than three weeks.
Conservation officer Drew Milne caught a 350-pound black bear
in a trap after it broke into a house in the Brio neighbourhood and charged an
RCMP officer. The bear’s corpse was given to the Squamish First Nation for
The Conservation Officer Service was also called after a
two-year-old, 75-pound black bear broke into a townhouse near Whistler
Marketplace and trashed the kitchen before occupants came home. The road behind
the house had to be blocked off before the bear was destroyed.
The latest bear death comes just after two bear encounters in
Coquitlam, B.C. In one instance a woman was mauled by a black bear while
tending to her garden. The bear entered her yard at about 9:30 a.m. and she
fell to the driveway as it attacked. She was bitten on her arms and legs before
nearby residents drove the animal away.