Young Male Grizzlies Shot Near Nelson
Two young male grizzlies had to be killed near Nelson, British Columbia. Last year they were removed from town limits, with their mother and another sibling, and released back into the wild. The other sibling was shot last year, and the mother was ear tagged and collared, however she slipped out of her collar. This year the brothers were trapped and shot. The bears had associated people with food, and had shown aggressive behavior towards humans. Jason Hawkes, conservation officer for the Nelson area, confirmed the two bears were shot last week – Thursday, May 26, from The Nelson Post.
A long lasting winter may have kept the bears at lower feeding grounds, instead of moving on to the high country and their natural diet. Nelson's City Council is considering a bylaw, where residents who don't clean up fruit from trees, or leave out trash or other bear attractants will be fined. There are many black bears in the area, and then this family of four grizzlies from last year into this year. Joanne Siderius, program director of Bear Aware would also like a clause where trash can not be put out at the curb from 7pm to 6 am, from The Nelson Post.