Conservation officers in Squamish are hunting for a black bear, which attacked a search and rescue dog.
“Jake” was swimming in the creek in McNaughton Park yesterday with his owner holding him on a leash.
Suddenly, a black bear latched onto his tail, and tried to pull him away.
Jake’s leg hit a tree root, wedging him in place.
The bear tried a few more times to take his prey away, but finally gave up.
“It is very scary,” says Jake’s owner Vicky McLaughlin. “I had to stay calm because I did not want the bear to come after me or do any more damage to Jake.”
McLaughlin says it is likely Jake sustained some injuries to his hip and tail. He will have a veterinarian check-up today.
This type of attack is extremely rare, especially if a bear hasn’t been provoked by a dog in any way.
A live bear trap has now been set up in the area.