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Two bears killed in recent days

One destroyed by RCMP in Whistler Village, second near Whistler RV Park

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Two black bears have been killed in recent days as a weak berry crop persists in the area.

On Sunday (Sept. 13), a male yearling bear was discovered near the Whistler RV Park. The bear had been tagged and was released from Critter Care in June high up the Chance Creek Forest Service Road. The Conservation Officer Service destroyed the bear, conservation officer Simon Gravel confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

Then on Monday night (Sept. 14), a two-year-old female bear accessed Whistler Village around 6:30 p.m. Gravel said RCMP officers responded to the call and killed the bear. He added the bear was not tagged, but had been spotted in and around the village in recent days.

"The officer responding judged that it was a public safety concern and shot the bear while conservation officers were responding (from Squamish)," Gravel said.

For more, please see Thursday's edition of Pique.

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