Brad Armstrong was going for a walk with his dog on a public trail near his house when he stumbled upon something that he could not unsee. There was a headless black bear carcass just left sitting there in a frequently used trail. Armstrong lives in the Qualicum Bay area of British Columbia.
Armstrong was not happy about the encounter and neither was other residents. Another resident in the area, Lucas Hepting, took to social media to express his frustrations. He posted pictures of the headless bear that was found by Armstrong, accompanied by the caption: "Really sad to have to post this, poached bear found right by my house".
You can view the full Facebook post here.
Many other people shared Hepting's sentiment and commented on the Facebook post. Most people were angry about the incident and several called it "awful" and "brutal". Check out some of the comments below:
Armstrong told CBC News that he has found animal parts before on this pathway, one that is typically frequented by dog walkers, cyclists and families with their kids. Lucas Hepting usually walks that area with his nine-year-old daughter and calls the incident "disgusting".
Officials said that the bear had been killed somewhere else and the remains were left where it was found by locals. Bates confirms that it was dangerous and not right to dump the animal in that area.
"We do encourage hunters to return the parts they don't want — like the skeleton and the bones and stuff — to a place where the natural wildlife can scavenge on it," Bates told CBC News. "But one of the issues we would have there is it's an area that's frequented by people and dog walkers and you don't want people dumping things there because you will attract dangerous wildlife — other bears."
Conservation officers are now investigating the incident. "It's very unusual," Stuart Bates, acting Sgt. for the Central Island Zone in Nanaimo, told CBC News. "I would imagine it would be quite shocking. Especially with a dog because dogs want to roll in dead things."