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Old 09-21-2011, 07:13 PM
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Post B.C. pot bears likely among those killed

BY SHEENA GOODYEAR ,QMI AGENCY
FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 01:00 AM EDT


Conservation officers around Christina Lake, B.C., have been forced to put down 17 bears this year, some of which are suspected to be the former guardians of a marijuana grow-up.

Insp. Aaron Canuel said the number of bears that have to be killed every year varies, but there's been a notable increase this year.

"I can't confirm 100% that they are the grow-op bears, but given the number we've dealt with, I think it's likely that some of them could be," Canuel said.

Allan Wayne Piche was charged with feeding dangerous wildlife last year after police alleged he regularly gave dog food to some two dozen black bears so they would guard his marijuana grow-op.

"These bears were severely habituated, showing very habituated behaviour, lack of fear of people, trying to break into buildings in search of food sources. When bears become like that, it doesn't leave us many options but to humanely euthanize them," said Canuel.

Canuel stressed it isn't conservation officers' first choice to kill the animals.

"Obviously, our intent is for the bears to go back to their natural environment, go back to their natural food sources," he said.

But once they get used to people, it's too late, especially in a tourism hot spot like Christina Lake, which draws many campers.

"They're very opportunistic feeders. Once they learn the behaviour, its almost impossible to ingrain it away from it. They'll continue to search for unnatural food sources."

Black bears are populous, said Canuel, and killing them is not a conservation issue.

However, he said more bears could be saved if people are careful not to attract them to populated areas.

He urged people to clean their barbecues, not leave garbage outside and to pluck the fruits from any nearby fruit trees.

"We can eliminate a lot od this through some education and that's what we're trying to do with residents right now."


B.C. pot bears likely among those killed | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

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Old 09-21-2011, 07:18 PM
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i think thats a load of absolute bollox, its propaganda, smokin weed means these cute cuddly bears have to die....u bastards!

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"Humanely euthanize."

Almost seems redundant in a way.?

Man I hope those bears get together next year and come up with a better plan to safely be able to smoke their stuff and eat "junk food" without getting "humanely euthanized."

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Old 09-21-2011, 10:33 PM
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yah lets just pick all the fruit trees so the bears starve lolz
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They drop them way away In the wild.
An chase em with guns an dogs.

But the human fed bears will return for the easy meals.

Usualy they give em several tries , but if they keep harrasing folks they put em down.

Don't feed bears, if you do, you just killed them unintentionally.
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If only the bears would return to there natural diet of eating cops we would all be so much happier! Look like those bears in the photo are circling in for the kill!
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