The public is being reminded again to prevent bears from becoming addicted to garbage.
On Sunday, conservation officers responded to a year-old black bear which had become a regular sight on Coldstream’s West Kal Road, by Kal Beach, for about a week.
“He had been going from yard to yard — a typical garbage-habituated bear,” said officer Mike Richardson.
Officers arrived on scene at about 4:30 p.m.
“He was chewing on a dead duck he found in the lake,” said Richardson.
The animal was eventually located behind a shed and tranquilized. A decision was made to destroy the bear.
“He was a little skinny but not in bad shape. But once they get into garbage, they become a problem,” said Richardson, adding that a bear used to searching for trash poses a serious threat to the public.
“Habituated bears lose their fear of people. All they want is garbage and they will do anything to get it.”
Richardson insists residents should keep their yard clean of potential food sources.
“People need to store their garbage in a garage until it’s garbage collection day,” he said.
Bird feeders should be removed by residents and they are also asked to keep pet food kept in a secure location and harvest fruit as it becomes ripe.