One, two and eventually a third shot, then silence

As we sat down to dinner we heard a shot way down in the village, Annie, our dog, came trembling to the back door and I let her in and she fled to her hiding place in the back bedroom.

Shortly after we heard another shot, and then about fifteen minutes later a third. There were no more shots. We had to deduce that it was the mother and the two cubs who had overstayed their welcome in the village that were shot. No doubt we will hear the news tomorrow, for sure.

After my bear invasion we heard of two other events to do with those bears. A man in the village had put some salmon in the back of his pickup, to take into town later for family. The pickup canopy was on and locked, but the mother bear ripped off the door of the canopy and climbed in and took the salmon.

Another man was chopping wood on his lot when he saw something in the bush, he did a rather stupid thing, I think, in that he threw a piece of wood at it. The wood narrowly missed a bear cub. Mamma Bear was very unhappy and came out from behind a tree standing on her hind legs challenging him. Fortunately he was able to backup into the camper that he keeps on his lot, but she walked around for quite some time looking for a way to get at him.

It is always unfortunate when the wildlife people have to shoot an animal, I think they have a hard time doing it, but this one was a menace, sooner or later someone would get hurt, and she was teaching her cubs to do the same.

If you haven’t already read it you might like to read about my bear invasion

Bear invasion

I was sitting in front of my computer about half an hour ago when I heard a loud clanking sound. On investigation I find a large sow prowling around just by the deck, and then about 15ft behind her two good size cubs. She came around the front of the house and then into the car port where I keep my big stand up freezer. She somehow managed to open the freezer door and pulled out a frozen salmon. Then climbed over the fence with it, the cubs following to digest it in the comfort of my backyard. It was too dangerous for me to go out and shut the freezer door so I got some pots and pans and started clanking them, thinking it would scare her away. No way, she just stood on her hind legs and looked at me at the open window and you could see her thinking “Oh, it’s just you making all that noise”, and she carried on gnawing at my nicely FoodSaver bag packed salmon.

One of the cubs ran off with the bag with the half eaten salmon, but mother decided to go back for more and pulled another out. I am still banging like crazy, and yelling but nothing would move her. I had visions of our whole food supply going down their gullets like salmon ice cream.

It was way too dangerous to go out of the house, especially as she had the cubs. She and one of the cubs kept coming in and out of the back yard climbing the fence and exiting via one of the trees at the back, but the other cub didn’t seem to get the idea that it was time to leave, so the mother kept coming back into the yard.

I was running out of options of how to shift them. I was looking out of the window and clicked the latch, somehow that got her attention and she didn’t seem to like it. So I kept clicking and she was definitely agitated and started to move. She climbed up a tree and dropped over the fence with a cub following her. The other cub walked up and down the fence looking for a way out but finally decided it better try the tree, so with a bag of salmon in its mouth it climbed up and jumped down.

As soon as I could be sure I could get out, and back in again, before she came around to the freezer I flew out gathered up the food that she had pulled out and put it back and locked the freezer door. She had only gone for the salmon, so the other stuff was still alright in its bags.

Just as I was typing the word ‘bags’ I saw something at the front door. There she was again looking in the door window at me. Luckily I had the door locked, she dropped down and went back to the freezer and I could hear her yanking at the door. I couldn’t see her but I could hear the freezer banging against the car port wall as she was pulling it. It tried yelling again but I think she just gave up on the door, unfortunately she will be back now she knows there is food in there.

I tried calling the police but they were not in the area, nor was the game warden. I phoned where my husband was working in the village thinking if he came up with the truck he could scare them off, but he couldn’t be found. So here I am typing away surrounded by frustrated salmon hungry bears. I am going to have to keep all the doors locked in future.

B.C. woman fends off backyard bear attack on granddaughter

A grandmother is being hailed as a hero for rescuing her four-year-old granddaughter from a backyard bear attack in B.C.’s West Kootenay region that left the two with little more than scratches.

Nelson-area resident Jane Tillotson was spending a quiet day in her garden with her two visiting granddaughters, aged four and six, when she heard the youngest one, Megan Chapple, screaming.

“And I turned to look and she was coming up the steps of the garden, and a big black bear was right behind her,” Tillotson told CBC News on Wednesday, speaking for the first time about the Aug. 24 attack.

The black bear swiped the girl with its claw as she tried to escape up the steps, slicing the back of her calf.

“She started crying and fell down. And the bear was moving right over her.”

Tillotson raced forward and plucked Megan from between the bear’s paws, she said. As the grandmother backed away, the bear came after them and swiped them both, cutting the woman’s thigh and her granddaughter’s belly.

With Megan in one hand and the six-year-old granddaughter in the other, Tillotson stared the bear in its eyes and began screaming.

What felt like a long minute passed, Tillotson said, and the bear wandered off.

“It finally decided that it didn’t want to tangle with me and my mama bear mode and it stopped and ambled out of the garden.”

The young girl required six to eight stitches on her leg.

CBC News

Wandering Polar Bear heads south again

There’s one polar bear that just can’t seem to get enough of the summer heat. For the second time in a month, the large female bear has frustrated wildlife officials by wandering south of her usual habitat on the Arctic Ocean.

People living along the Mackenzie River thought they had seen the last of the lost polar bear that had wandered near their communities early last month.

But after being trapped and flown more than 300 kilometres from Fort McPherson to the coast, it seems the bear simply turned around and started walking south again.

Now it has been spotted near Aklavik, about 100 kilometres north of Fort McPherson.

James Pokiak, who has been hunting polar bears around Tuktoyaktuk for more than 30 years, told CBC News on Friday the animal probably got used to its southern surroundings.

“Probably the main reason why it’s doing that is it’s kind of habituated now and it must have found some really good food sources. Once an animal gets used to an area, definitely they’re going to get back there.”

Pokiak said wildlife officials should have transported the bear farther north to its normal home on the sea ice.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources officials said they have no plans to interfere with the bear’s southern journey this time. It’s a decision that has some residents concerned the bear could pose a danger.

“I think it’s considered a dangerous animal to be on the Delta,” said Donald Aviugana, an elder who lives in Aklavik. “You know, there are caribou hunters and people berry picking … you never know what could happen.”

The bear, which is fitted with a satellite collar, will continue to be tracked by wildlife officials.

CBC News

Good reason to be wary of bears

Another attack by this year. We have heard of moose attacking people, bears and cougars. We are invading their territory, what do we expect really. The moose had a very hard winter as the snow was so deep they could not escape predators easily and it was hard going through the snow. We had 14 1/2 feet, although by spring it had packed down considerably.

Last year the Saskatoon or Service berries were few and the bears need these to keep them going until the big feed of salmon in the fall, preparatory to hibernating. On top of that the salmon were late running because it did not rain and fill the rivers ready to receive the spawning fish. This year we have had so much rain that the berries, although promising in spring to be a great harvest, are late in ripening. All this makes for short tempered bears.

Our mother and two cubs are still around. We saw a baby bear half way up a telephone pole yesterday by the side of the highway. The other one and its mother just looked at us and kept on feeding on the fresh grass. We also saw a baby coyote playing with a grasshopper, it was not concerned as we drove by. Where its parents and siblings were I could not see, further on we stopped to check out the beaver dam as we went by but although there is quite a little lake there now there seemed to be little activity so maybe it moved on.

We are seeing the occasional coming into his antlers now but most of them have moved up into higher country and they will clear the area completely when the hunters come. They have the hunting season dates firmly set in their genetic code, I think, it is amazing that open season comes and not a moose for miles.

Mountain biker killed in bear attack
Bear shot near body of woman on Panorama Ski Resort trail
Last Updated: Monday, July 23, 2007 | 8:35 AM PT
CBC News

Conservation officers believe a woman found dead on Sunday on a ski hill in eastern , was killed by a bear.

The RCMP shot a black bear found next to the 34-year-old woman’s body on a trail near the Panorama Ski Resort close to the Alberta-B.C. boundary.

The mountain biker was reported missing on Saturday night.

Also Sunday, two cyclists escaped with minor injuries after being charged by a grizzly bear protecting her cubs in Banff National Park.

The riders noticed the cubs on the trail near Lake Minnewanka, but before they could react, the mother bear gave chase, but didn’t make contact with the cyclists.

Banff National Park staff have closed down the trail.

Banff conservation officer Dave Hanna said there haven’t been many problems with bears this year because the berries haven’t come out yet.