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West Vancouver, B.C. man fined for repeatedly feeding black bear and cub

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WATCH: A West Vancouver man whose family's social media posts about feeding bears in their backyard prompted outrage five years ago has been fined $5,000 by a provincial court judge – Apr 21, 2023

The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service says a West Vancouver man has been fined for feeding black bears at his home.

Court records show Vitali Shevchenko faced two charges under the Wildlife Act.

One charge was stayed, and Shevcheko was fined $5,000 Wednesday in provincial court in North Vancouver, after pleading guilty to the single count of feeding dangerous wildlife.

The conservation officer service says its investigation began after videos surfaced on social media in 2018.

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The videos showed an adult and two children feeding a black bear and a cub from the window and door of a West Vancouver home.

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The conservation officer service says on social media that the majority of the fine will go toward the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to support wildlife and habitat projects as well as environmental education programs.

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