VANCOUVER – An adult black bear who learned in 2012 how to get into unlocked vehicles and vehicles parked with their windows down, has now been euthanized after getting trapped in a car last week.
Conservation Officer Peter Busink says the bear caused a lot of damage in the Whistler area in 2012 and was captured, tagged and relocated up the Callaghan Valley Forest Service Road at that time.
Busink says the bear returned this year and once again got into a number of cars looking for food or garbage, causing “significant damage.”
When he became trapped in a car in the Function Junction area he virtually destroyed the vehicle from the inside while trying to get out.
Busink says due to the bear’s reputation and conditioning to human food, he was captured and destroyed.
They are asking everyone to not leave any attractants in vehicles and to make sure they are locked and secured.
Report any human wildlife conflict to the Conservation Service at 1-877-952-7277.
– With files from Simon Little
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