Bear killed after entering home, knocking over resident in Whistler
A young black bear has been euthanized by conservation officers after getting trapped inside a Whistler home with two people Sunday afternoon.
Conservation officer Chris Doyle said the 18-month-old bear entered the Whistler Kay Heights’ home through an open door while a resident was unloading the car.
The bear became trapped inside the home and knocked one of the residents down as they were trying to get it out.
The bear eventually broke a window and exited the home, Doyle said.
No one was injured in the incident, but the bear caused damage to the house.
The bear was found nearby and destroyed by conservation officers.
Conservation officers said the bear had been relocated unsuccessfully twice before and its aggressive behaviour left them no choice.
“A bear entering an occupied house is very high risk and that type of behaviour tends to repeat itself,” Doyle said, adding that the bear’s mother had a history of entering homes when it was a cub.
“It may have learned that behaviour from the mom,” he said.
Conservation officers are encouraging residents to contain garbage and other attractants to deter bears and minimize conflicts.