May 31, 2019 5:23 pm
Updated: May 31, 2019 6:55 pm

Bear struck and killed by SkyTrain in Port Moody

SkyTrain staff at Moody Station on Friday.

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Conservation officers were called to Port Moody on Friday where a bear was killed after being struck by a SkyTrain

According to TransLink, staff noticed the bear, with injuries apparently caused by a train, near Moody Centre station around noon.

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“Conservation officers were called to manage the response and remove the bear from the area,” said a TransLink spokesperson in an email.

Conservation officer Nicole Caithness said the bear likely died quickly.

“A yearling black bear got onto the tracks and was hit by a train and he was probably dead on impact,” she said.

“His injuries are fairly substantial so we just assisted TransLink in removing the little guy from the tracks and reopening the railway basically.”

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Caithness said there were no signs of attractants on the track, adding she believed the bear was likely trying to get to a nearby green space.

“There’s there’s a lot of green space and all wildlife uses them extensively as travel corridors,” she said.

“So you’ll have bears, cougars, coyotes, deer, all of that well into the city of Coquitlam just travelling along the rivers and the green corridors.

TransLink said transit users were temporarily required to switch to a shuttle train at Moody Centre and Coquitlam Central.

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