COS forced to put down grizzly in Kitimat area

A problem grizzly bear was put down after Conservation Officers tracked the bear for weeks hoping it would move on.

The Conservation Officer Service alerted the Kitimat Bear Aware program of a grizzly which had to be put down in the Hirsch Creek Campground area last night.

Officers said it was a second year cub that had not been seen with a mother in some time. Grizzly cubs, they say, normally stay with their mother until the third year so survival chances were already low for the bear.

The grizzly had become heavily habituated to eating garbage and desensitized to people. Conservation Officers say they monitored the bear for many weeks hoping it would move on but its behaviour got steadily worse.

The bear is also responsible for a number of complaints in the Smith Street and  Teal Street areas.

Meanwhile people concerned about the storage of garbage or other bear attractants can report problems to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or to the District of Kitimat bylaw department at 632-8900.