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Problem bear euthanized



It was déjà vu all over again for the Whistler RCMP and local conservation officers after answering a report of a treed bear behind the Whistler Health Care Centre on Nov. 17 at around 10:30 a.m.

According to the RCMP, it was the same bear that was darted and relocated more than a month ago from the same location - the same tree in fact, only this time the young male had climbed higher.

As before, police and the Conservation Officer gathered boxes from the Liquor Store to cushion the fall after the bear was tranquilized. However, this time the bear didn't drop to the ground but managed to get stuck in the branches of the tree. At that point the concern was that the bear would wake up groggy, and fall to the ground.

According to Sergeant Shaun LeMay, the RCMP looked at a few options and called in a municipal bucket truck to try and get the bear down. However, when it became clear that the bucket couldn't get close enough they called in the Whistler Fire Rescue Services. A member of the fire department tied a knot around the bear's ankle and he was lowered to a tarp underneath the tree so it could be transported out of town.

While that part of the story was a success, the bear turned up again pm the weekend and was darted again on Sunday - the third time in three weeks, including another incident. The Conservation Officer, nothing that the bear was losign weight between captures and likely woudnl't survive the winter, made the tough cal to euthanize the animal with an injection.

The body was then placed in the woods.


Calgary man arrested on a warrant

Just after 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 19 the Whistler RCMP received notice that a 26-year-old male wanted by the police in Calgary might be in town. The suspect was spotted at 10:20 that evening by a plainclothes officer at a local pub. The officer observed the male until more officers arrived and then arrested the man.

The man will be sent back to Calgary to face charges related to "multiple serious offences," including assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and fraud.

While the RCMP were arresting the individual, another person in the pub intervened. He was told to back off, but then attempted to intervene again, at which point the 22-year-old male from Whistler was recognized by officers. The same male had been previously arrested for assaulting a police officer and was in violation of a condition not to consume alcohol. The male was arrested as drunk in public and released on a promise to appear.