Black bear killed in Garibaldi park after taking backpacks with meals from backcountry web site

Black bear killed in Garibaldi park after taking backpacks with meals from backcountry web site

Authorities killed a black bear Friday morning close to a backcountry campground southwest of Whistler, B.C., after it snatched a number of backpacks from hangers B.C. Parks put in to maintain meals away from bears.

B.C. Conservation Officers euthanized the bear in Garibaldi Provincial Park’s Taylor Meadows campsite, roughly 20 kilometres southwest of Whistler.

The black bear confirmed “behaviour decided to be an excessive amount of of a public security danger,” the province’s surroundings ministry mentioned.

“Placing down any bear is an unlucky consequence that we work so onerous to forestall,” a ministry spokesperson mentioned in a press release. “The bear repeatedly accessed meals baggage from caches, returned to the campground quite a few instances and confirmed a minimal worry of individuals.

“Bears which might be conditioned to human meals sources usually are not candidates for relocation or rehabilitation, because of the danger to public security.”

B.C. Conservation Officer Service personnel killed extra black bears than common over the past three years, in accordance with a B.C. Ministry of Surroundings freedom of knowledge request by The Fur-Bearers advocacy group. A complete of three,779 of the animals have been euthanized between 2015-2021. (CBC Information)

Final yr, B.C. conservation officers killed 581 black bears, in accordance with provincial Freedom of Info paperwork obtained by The Fur-Bearers advocacy group.

That is above common for the previous seven years, during which a complete of three,779 bears have been euthanized.

‘A individuals schooling downside’

As bears’ appetites develop forward of winter hibernation, specialists mentioned, they’re more and more shifting into in style locations they would not usually be discovered. 

Euthanizing habituated bears is a deeply unlucky consequence of individuals bringing meals into the backcountry — and infrequently storing it improperly or not cleansing up adequately after cooking, mentioned Jay MacArthur, the paths committee chair for the Federation of Mountain Golf equipment of B.C. 

“I do not need to see bears getting killed, that is horrible,” he mentioned. “However, , it truly is a individuals schooling downside, not a lot a bear one — you possibly can’t re-educate a bear. 

“As soon as a bear will get habituated to consuming human meals, there’s sadly not a lot they’ll actually do.”

A number of areas of the identical park needed to be shut all the way down to guests this yr, together with the Singing Creek and Cheakamus Lake campgrounds, due to bears turning into drawn to people’ meals.

A CBC Information video from the Taylor Meadows campground confirmed a black bear eagerly climbing a tree, attempting to achieve a handful of campers’ backpacks dangling from wires excessive up on a pulley system — a meals cache designed to maintain the baggage secure from bears. 


The Taylor Meadows space, west of Garibaldi Lake, is normally a preferred web site for bears with all its berry bushes, as they chow down as a lot meals as they’ll earlier than hibernating. 

However this season’s late summer time and chilly and moist climate are completely different from different years, in accordance with the president of the Pals of Garibaldi Park Society.

“I am not stunned to listen to that the bear was put down,” mentioned Taryn Eyton in an interview. “In a scenario the place it is accessing human meals, that is actually inevitable.

“Lots of the standard meals sources for bears weren’t obtainable as early as they normally are.”

Two notes are hung to a 'Directions for food cache' sign at Garibaldi Provincial Park. One of the notes reads 'WARNING A bear took back pack'.
On the Taylor Meadows backcountry campsite in Garibaldi Provincial Park, two handwritten notes affixed by campers to an official meals cache signal mentioned a bear took a minimum of one backpack, and probably two, from the elevated wire hangers B.C. Parks offered to maintain meals away from bears. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)

Two separate handwritten notes affixed by campers to the official B.C. Parks meals cache signal on Thursday mentioned a bear had taken a minimum of one backpack from the elevated wire hangers the province offered to maintain meals away from bears. 

One word, dated Wednesday, mentioned a bear had taken a pink backpack from the cache, which the campers discovered within the forest together with a black and inexperienced pack. “The bear was guarding it and one other pack,” the word mentioned. 

The second word, additionally from Wednesday, mentioned, “Warning: A bear took backpack filled with meals from bear cache rope by the tree! He might be again!!”

Public reminded to take precautions

Advocates are as soon as once more reminding campers to take precautions to keep away from future tragedies — for people and for bears just like the one killed on Friday.

Prevention recommendation consists of:

  • Use bear-proof containers and meals caches offered. 
  • By no means deliver even small quantities of meals into your tent.
  • Take into account sleeping in several clothes than you cooked in, as bears have very delicate noses.

The province mentioned in a press release that B.C. Parks and the Conservation Officer Service are urging campers to take precautions in bear nation, “together with travelling in teams, carrying bear spray and ensuring attractants are securely saved.”

MacArthur needs the province to rent extra park rangers as a result of current employees are stretched skinny and haven’t got sufficient time to teach downside campers.

He additionally hopes B.C. Parks installs extra steel packing containers unattainable for bears to take meals from — in contrast to the wire hangers dangling meals, which he mentioned bears can deal with “like a recreation.”

He provides that bear security and prevention warnings usually are not distinguished sufficient on B.C.’s backcountry reserving web sites.