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Conservation service kills black bear at busy Burnaby pitch and putt

The bear was seen chasing what appeared to be a gosling.

The black bear caught on video chasing what appeared to be a gosling on a Burnaby pitch-and-putt golf course over the Canada Day long weekend has been killed by conservation officers.

In a social media post, the animal was seen charging onto the course and chasing a group of Canada geese, causing nearby humans to scatter.

The bear continues to chase the young gosling and eventually catches it.

A second video appears to show the same bear around the same time in Central Park near Patterson Station.

This video was taken on Saturday (July 2) around 2:30 p.m., according to Sebastian Plusa, who uploaded it.

In a statement to Glacier Mediaa spokesperson for British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said the bear was trapped and shot.

A full statement is expected later today (July 4).

Border bear killed in June

On June 19, a black bear was killed by Vancouver police after the bear wandered into a busy residential area near the Burnaby-Vancouver border.

Police have started monitoring the bear in hopes it will move to a safer location.

But Addison explains that officers were forced to shoot the bear after it crossed a short distance to Burnaby.

The bear “went in and out of yards”, got too close to people and pets and “walked in traffic”, he adds.

According to social media, the bear was reportedly shot near the intersection of Hastings Street and Boundary Road.

When the bruin was first spotted, the VPD notified the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) as well as Animal Control for assistance.

Animal control personnel were deployed, but they did not arrive before police were forced to kill the bear, Addison said.

According to WildSafeBC’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program, there have been

103 black bear sightings have been reported in Burnaby since January 1, 2022.

The provincial body encourages residents to consider the following advice regarding bears:

  • Keep your trash indoors or in a safe place until collection day. Garbage is the number one attractant cited in reports to the provincial hotline
  • Manage your fruit trees
    • Don’t let the bargains pile up and pick the fruits as they ripen
    • If you don’t want fruit, consider…
      • Access a fruit picking group in your community
      • Wash the flowers in the spring so that the fruits do not set
      • Replace the tree with a non-fruiting variety

  • Do not install bird feeders when bears are active
    • A kilo of birdseed contains around 8,000 calories and is an excellent reward for a hungry bear

  • Keep your compost running smoothly with plenty of brown material and a regular turning schedule
  • If you have livestock or backyard chickens, use a properly installed and maintained electric fence to separate bears and livestock.

– with files from Brendan Kergin, Vancouver Is Awesome, and Kyle Balzer, Tri-City News