3 Canadians Arrested After Allegedly Trying To Save A Family Of Bears From Being Shot
All three bears were euthanized by officers.
In an attempts to rescue a mother bear and her two cubs, three Canadians have been arrested after allegedly obstructing B.C. Conservation Officers. After discovering that conservation officers were hunting down the three bears, residents attempted to stop the officers from shooting the cubs and her mother. Now, these three Canadians are facing charges under the Wildlife Act.
According to Global News, it was reported that BC Conservation Officer Service had been tracking down a mother bear and two cubs for several days after complaints had been reported about the family of furry creatures.
One resident told Global that these bears have been causing 'significant problems' within the community. They report that the family of bears had been spotted breaking fences and killing local trees throughout the past few weeks.
These complaints led the officers to track down the family that was causing issues within the community. However, once local residents spotted the officers tracking down the family of bears in the area of Baker and Sumpter drive, many of them came out to object and attempt to stop the officers from harming the bears.
According to Global, once residents emerged from their house to stop the officers, tensions began to rise, and officers eventually arrested three of the residents since they were 'obstructing' the officers. It was reported that the officers also confiscated the phones of the residents as well.
One resident who got arrested told Global, "They were chasing this mama bear with her two cubs through the neighbourhood and I just yelled 'Don't shoot the bears, don't shoot the bears!' because it's a mom and babies. And then he told me that I was obstructing justice and he arrested me."
Coquitlam RCMP confirmed to Global that they had arrested three individuals who were not complying with the directions of officers.
After these arrests, the three bears were euthanized by officers, and RCMP states that this was done due to the bears being "heavily habituated and food-conditioned".
However, bear sightings are becoming quite common throughout British Columbia. Earlier this month, Conservation Officer Services stated that they had received 3,200 bear sighting reports and 51 bears have been killed as of July 17.
Even though the amount of bears that are being euthanized throughout the region is increasing, B.C communities are pushing for a no-kill mandate when it comes to wild bears.
However, the Conservation Officer Service states that it does not follow a no-kill mandate as it's not appropriate for all bear cases.
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