‘She’s not liking people’: B.C. conservation officers warn of bear charging people, vehicles in Kitimat

Conservation officer says bear likely acting defensively to protect cubs

CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2017 9:49 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017 9:49 PM PT

A conservation officer says the grizzly bear (not pictured) is likely defending its cubs.

bear sow that has charged several people and vehicles in the area.

Terrace-based conservation officer Zane Testawich says authorities have received several calls about the bear, which has two cubs, around the greenbelt of the Kuldo Boulevard extension.

“What’s happening is it’s actually being defensive,” he told Radio Westhost Ayla Ramadan. “When she is protecting her cubs, [charging] is a defensive action she will take.”

Testawich says conservation officers have asked the Village of Kitimaat to mow down vegetation in the greenbelt to remove some of the natural food attracting the bear to the area.

He says conservation officers are reaching out to local residents to inform them about the bear dangers and may install warning signs.

Trevor Amos is one local resident who says he has had several encounters with the bear. Amos says his vehicle has been charged three times by the sow.

“It’s a pretty decent-sized bear,” he said. “It’s pretty aggressive.

“Soon as I seen her off the side of the road, she was kind of just sitting there but she turned and she aggressively ran at the truck … then she just kind of stopped. It’s definitely a bluff charge.

“She’s not liking people.”

Testawich says it’s best for residents to avoid the area if possible — especially if on foot or on a bike — and if they see the bear, to not stop near it or disturb it.

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With files from CBC Radio One’s Radio West

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