A bear that was shot by police in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 29 was able to flee the area and is now presumed dead, according to Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.
A woman called police shortly after 1 a.m. to report that a bear had entered her residence on Lake Placid Road. The door was closed, according to the complainant, but the bear was able to gain access by pressing down on a latch.
The woman was confined to the upstairs areas of her home while the bear rummaged through the garbage, LeClair said. Once police attended, the bear was observed in the backyard dragging a trash bag from the residence into a bush.
An officer on scene then shot the bear once with a 12-gauge shotgun, LeClair said, but the animal managed to escape to a thick wooded area nearby. Police tracked the bear but were unable to locate it.
The Conservation Officer Service was notified of the incident and attempted to locate the bear unsuccessfully.
The bear suffered what appeared to be a fatal wound, LeClair said, and is now presumed dead.
Police seize nearly one kilogram of pot from deliverywoman
Whistler RCMP has charged a local deliverywoman after she was found in possession of 853 grams of marijuana on Saturday, Nov. 30.
During a routine checkstop at Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way, police found 127 grams of pot in the suspect's vehicle secured in Ziplock bags and plastic containers.
The 33-year-old German national works for a local delivery service and was on the job at the time of her arrest, LeClair said.
Upon searching her residence, officers found another 726 grams of marijuana.
The woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 25.
Whistler man caught impersonating government official
A 38-year-old Whistler male has been charged after sending numerous emails to members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly posing as a government official, according to police.
A complainant attended the Whistler detachment to report that an unknown person had sent the emails raising issue with several "Full Moon" parties that had been held in various locations throughout Whistler and Pemberton.
"The investigation snowballed from there," LeClair said.
Police recommended charges of forgery, uttering a forged document and mischief related to a number of different incidents, according to LeClair.
Still no suspect in 'noxious substance' case
Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying an unknown person thought to be responsible for introducing a "noxious substance" into a fur store on Blackcomb Way.
On Nov. 2 a complainant told RCMP that a "noxious substance believed to be some kind of acid," according to LeClair, was released into the store in what police think was an effort to damage the merchandise. There was no damage observed to any of the products, although cleanup and renovation costs were "significant," noted LeClair. Police previously reported that there had been considerable damage to the store's merchandise.
Although police have examined forensic and video evidence, no suspect has yet been identified. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Whistler RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.