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Black bear killed BC parks after snatching backpack from hanger at backcountry site

Authorities killed a black bear Friday morning near a backcountry campground southwest of Whistler, British Columbia. A park set up to keep food away from bears.

A bear was euthanized at Taylor Meadows Campground in Garibaldi Provincial Parkabout 20 kilometers southwest of Whistler BC.

The black bear exhibited "behavior determined to endanger public safety," the state's environment ministry said.

"Killing a bear is an unfortunate consequence and we are working hard to prevent it," a ministry spokeswoman said in a statement. "Bears repeatedly accessed food sacks from caches and returned to campsites multiple times, with minimal fear of humans.


British Columbia Department of Conservation officials have killed more than average black bears in the past three years, according to the British Columbia Ministry. A total of 3,779 animals were euthanized between 2015 and 2021. (CBC News)

Last year, a British Columbia sheriff was killed according to the state's public information document, with 581 black bears obtained by fur-bearer advocacy groups

in the past seven. A total of 3,779 bears were euthanized, above the annual average.

"The Problem of Human Education"

Like bears, experts say small animals grow up before hibernation and are popular, not usually seen. I am moving to more and more places. 

Euthanizing familiar bears is a very unfortunate consequence of people bringing food into the backcountry — and often doing it inappropriately. I didn't store it in the fridge or clean it up enough after cooking, Jay MacArthur said. Chairman of the Federation of Mountain Clubs in British Columbia. 

"I don't want to see bears killed. Terrible," he said. "But this is really a human education problem, not a bear problem. You can't re-educate a bear. 

"Once a bear gets used to it, it's a pity. while eating human food, there's not much they can really do."

Several areas of the same park had to be closed this year. 41} Singing Creek and Cheekamas Lake campgrounds, among others, did not receive visitors this year. , because bears have become attracted to human food.

Taylor In his CBC News video at his Meadows campsite, a black bear eagerly climbs a tree and slams into a power line. I was about to reach for a handful of camper backpacks hanging on the wall. High on the pulley system — a pantry designed to protect the bag from bears. , a bear was put down. Experts say they've noticed some bears moving to places they wouldn't normally be spotted. Baneet Braich explains the details.<a href=""></a>


The Taylor Meadows area west of Lake Garibaldi is typically It's a popular spot for bushy bears before hibernation. 

However, according to Friends of the Garibaldi Park Association, this season's late summer and cold and wet weather are unlike any other year.

"I wouldn't be surprised to hear that a bear has been put down," Taryn Ayton said in an interview.

"Many of the bear's traditional food sources were not available as early as they were usually."

} At the Taylor Meadows Backcountry Campground in Garibaldi State Park, two handwritten notes pasted by campers on official food cash signs indicate that bears stole at least one, and sometimes two, backpacks. It was written. Elevated wire hangers provided by BC parks to keep food away from bears. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)

Stole at least one backpack from a hangar. 

A note dated Wednesday said the bear stole a red backpack from its stash. A camper he found in the woods with a black and green pack."A bear was guarding it. Aku," the note said. 

A second note, also on Wednesday, reads, "WARNING: A bear has taken a backpack full of food from a bear cache rope by a tree.

Remind the public to take precautions

Advocates for humans and bears like those killed Friday , again reminding campers to take precautions to avoid future tragedies.

Prevention Advice:

  • Provided Bear Resistant Use containers and food storage. 
  • Don't bring even small amounts of food into your tent 
  •  Bears have very sensitive noses, so 

The state said in a statement that BC Parks and Ranger Services are urging campers. "Including traveling in groups, carrying bear spray, and securely storing attractants." wants to hire more park rangers does not have enough time to educate problem campers.

He also hopes that B.C. is. Ore metal crates from which bears can't retrieve food — unlike wire hangers that bears said they could handle "like a game," he hangs food. Discreet enough on country booking websites.