Conservation officers have recently tranquilized and relocated a young male grizzly bear from the Topley area after numerous calls from concerned residents.
“The bear was not getting into much trouble, but was becoming a regular fixture around homes in the Richfield Loop area,” explained Burns Lake conservation officer Jeff Palm. “Unafraid of people, this grizzly bear had been hanging around acreages and local cattle operations for most of June and July.”
Conservation officers moved the bear to the Hill-Tout area in an attempt to prevent him from coming into conflict with people.
Despite this bear’s dark colour and large ears, Palm said the obvious hump on the shoulders and four inch claws identify the animal as a grizzly bear.
The public is encouraged to report any public safety concerns regarding wildlife to the Conservation Officer Service toll free at 1-877-952-7277.