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"This is a bear that appears habituated to humans and finding human food sources around the area," said Sergeant Shawn LeMay of the Whistler RCMP.

The Conservation Office set up a trap in the village on Tuesday afternoon and will attempt to relocate the bear out of harm's way.

There is another bear that has been spotted in the area, and the RCMP are not sure which of the two animals tore apart a bear-proof garbage bin along the walkway between the village and Upper Village on Tuesday morning.


Motocyclist injured in impaired crash

At approximately 7:45 p.m. on July 17 the RCMP received a report of a motorcyclist that had lost control on Blueberry Drive, and flew a "significant distance" from his bike before landing facedown and unconscious.

Witnesses heard the crash and were able to respond with first aid until the ambulance arrived. The male driver, a 28 year old from Whistler, suffered a broken clavicle and severe road rash on his body.

The RCMP investigated and witnesses, including an off-duty paramedic, believe the male had been drinking prior to the crash. The driver, who was taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre for treatment, is facing charges of impaired driving and driving over 0.08 per cent blood alcohol content.

The RCMP are also investigating to see whether other charges could be laid regarding speed and dangerous operation of the vehicle.

It was only one of many impaired driving charges reported over the past week.

Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on July 16 the Whistler RCMP conducted a road safety checkstop with ICBC to launch a new communications campaign. They noticed at least two vehicles make illegal U-turns on Highway 99 at the north end of town. The first driver got away, but the RCMP caught a second driver as he headed south. The driver showed signs of having consumed alcohol and failed a roadside screening device. A 56-year-old male from Whistler is now being charged with impaired driving.

The ICBC campaign will focus on the financial cost of an impaired driving charge rather than the consequences, especially with the fines and threshold for impaired driving increasing in the fall. The message is, "You may think you are fine to drive (but) are you fine to get stopped?"

At 7:25 a.m. on July 18 the RCMP investigated another morning impaired charge after stopping a vehicle at Blackcomb Way and Lorimer. A 21-year-old male from Surrey failed a roadside screening test and then provided samples of 0.16 and 0.17, or twice the legal limit of 0.08.