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Second bear killed in Westwood Plateau
Friday, August 08, 2008 Stuart Hunter, The Province
The second bear encounter in Coquitlam's Westwood Plateau in as many days may mean Brian Fortune never sleeps in again. "If I had slept in or missed my alarm, I would have been in my apartment when the bear came in," Fortune, 24, said hours after the burly bruin paid an impromptu 7:30 a.m. visit to his basement suite on Turnbury Lane yesterday. "It was one day I was happy that I didn't sleep in."
The concrete finisher was at work when his landlord called to say a golfer had reported to police spotting a 120-kilogram bear climbing in Fortune's open basement-suite window. "The bear was completely inside the basement suite," said Coquitlam RCMP Const. Sharen Leung. "It was eating at the time." Eventually, it went back outside.
"In light of [Wednesday's] incident, police took a shot to prevent the bear from being at risk to the public," Leung said, adding the bear was shot in the shoulder area and climbed about halfway to the top of a 30-metre tree in the backyard. Conservation officers then shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart. After about 10 minutes the bear dropped out of the tree. "When the conservation officers approached the bear it started to move," Leung said. "It needed to be destroyed, so police assisted with that matter."
Neighbour Adel Kassem heard the "five or six" fatal shots. "I've seen lots of bears -- I saw one here in my backyard," said Kassem, an auto-body technician who has lived in the area for four years. "All the neighbours walk their dogs on the trails up there. Now I don't want to go up there." Added neighbor and mother-of-two Natalia Strelkova: "We've seen bears so many times -- almost like every day. It is no surprise at all. We're going to be keeping an eye on our kids."
Fortune said he was surprised to see how little damage the bear had caused to his suite. "The damage was very minor -- a broken [window] screen, broken blinds and a major gouge in the drywall. I had some fruit on my kitchen counter. It got the bread and nectarines but didn't touch the cantaloupe, oranges or bananas. It definitely loved the nectarines."
Fortune said he has no plans to lock his windows in future. "I might put my fruit in the refrigerator. I just regret that the bear had to be put down." Fortune said he had not heard about Wednesday's mauling of nearby resident Katy Yin, 49. She was attacked in the front garden of her Bramble Lane home by a black bear but is expected to recover from her injuries. That bear also had to be put down.
Meanwhile, plumber Neill Wotherspoon reported being attacked by a black bear while working behind a house in Anmore on Tuesday. "He came up from behind and knocked me down," said the 37-year-old Port Coquitlam resident. "I'm 260 [pounds] and I wasn't getting up. Then he just got up off me and walked away."
Wotherspoon was treated in hospital for minor shoulder and leg injuries. "I was lucky," he said. "I went out and bought my 6/49 ticket but I didn't win."
Regarding the recent bear shootings in Coquitlam, the lows of human action never fail to disappoint.
Imagine your home being stripped away. You're hungry, you're frightened, you're trying to survive and then you're shot dead -- in cold blood, like these bears were.
And we like to consider ourselves superior beings? Let's not be delusional.
Any species that single-handedly wipes out all other life forms and the entire planet is the lowest of all, and the one to be feared the most.
Comment: Sadly, again today (August 13th) a female yearling black bear was shot and killed after entering a home in the District of North Vancouver.
Comment: The senseless slaughter of bears, whether they be grizzly, black, or any other kind, has the public becoming more and more outraged and willing to speak out on their behalf. Be an activist, lead by example, get involved, and help save the non-human species of the planet. Any small victory for the animals is a step forward. Some letters and news stories:
As soon as I read the headline “Deep Cove Bear Shot Dead” I was mortified. Why? Because it made the mistake of coming into a residential area looking for food. It seems all too often “conservation” officers are trigger-happy. We have expanded into their territory, not they into ours. It’s high time the lives of animals are valued and respected as much as human life seems to be. As our population explodes we had best quit thinking of ourselves and give the rest of the species on this earth a chance of a future.
No matter how much Mr. Grindrod defends his decision it was morally and ethically wrong. A perfectly good life was callously snuffed out. Totally inexcusable.
August 12, 1998
My family and I are very upset to read about the two black bears shot on the North shore. Killing is simply not an option. The bear In Deep Cove were shot in front of the local kids who had named it “Yogi”. What kind of message about conservation is this sending to those kids? The bear accidentally wandered out of its regular habitat and paid the ultimate price. We feel sorry for all the animals that perish at the hands of the human race.
Young bear killed after found wandering in South Burnaby
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Erin Hitchcock, Burnaby Now
Humans are the problem, not the bears
Re: Grizzly attacks plague central coast, March 31, Vancouver Sun
The front-page picture of a growling bear with fangs exposed under the headline, "Bear attacks plague central coast," is outrageous in its irresponsibility and bias. The provincial government and hunters will be thrilled. The fact is that bears are extremely intelligent and are losing their habitat. The government is increasing the number of spring hunts that will orphan and subsequently kill many cubs.
The cruelty is insane. Recently I heard about a worker at Grouse Mountain feeding grizzlies apples by hand. And then I pick up The Sun and see a call to arms. What idiots we are.
Grizzlies and other animals will be Olympic losers
Why waste another $250,000 on a further environmental study on the impact of ski trails on grizzly bears in the Callaghan Valley, when we all know darn well that Olympic organizers will go ahead, regardless of what the public wants or says?
Even the fact that they're taking down more old-growth forest should outrage people.
Bear boom builds tension in village
Three yearlings killed as construction, low snowpack drive bears into town
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Clare Ogilvie, The Province
Outrage after black bear and cub killed in Whistler
June 3, 2007
By Kate Webb, The Province
Driving animals to extinction
Comment: We've driven the highway to Whistler a number of times and have been lucky enough to have spotted black bears, like this yearling. Unfortunately, there's a lot of construction going on in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The odds of this bear living to a ripe old age is probably zero.
THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT TO SAVE OUR WILDLIFE AND THE EARTH FOR OTHER SPECIES OTHER THAN THE IDIOTIC HUMAN RACE!
Alberta wildlife officers kill 12 bears at dump
EDMONTON — Wildlife officers shot and killed 12 black bears at a landfill in northern Alberta on Tuesday in what is believed to be the largest bear cull in recent history.
People from the hamlet of Conklin, population 166, regularly bring their children to the dump to watch, photograph and feed the bears, and the animals had become accustomed to people. “The landfill had improper fencing and there were reports people were feeding the bears,” Alberta Sustainable Resource Development spokesman Darcy Whiteside said. “It was public safety concern. These bears were not afraid of humans anymore.” But critics said the mass killing was inexcusable.
“Instead of investing in fences that would keep the bears out of the garbage and away from humans, they decide the cheapest solution is to lay to waste a bunch of living animals as if they didn’t have a right to exist. It’s really deplorable,” said Sid Marty, a park warden turned activist who recently published a book about a garbage-seeking grizzly who mauled five people in Banff, Alta., in the early 1980s, killing one. “What are they going to, shoot every bear that comes to the dump until the end of time?”
On Aug. 5, the ministry received a bear complaint from the PTI Conklin Lodge, a housing complex for about 300 oilsands workers, about two kilometres from the dump. Fred Bannon, vice-president of operations, said the manager called fish and wildlife officers after he saw five bears climbing on decks and hanging around the buildings. The bears were killed Aug. 11.
A Conklin resident who wished to remain anonymous was outraged when he heard the bears were killed instead of relocated, and contacted The Edmonton Journal. “It’s totally inhumane. We are in their environment, there are no fences, this dump is unmanned, there are no signs to say don’t feed the bears,” he said.
The ministry is currently working with communities as part of its new Bear Smart education campaign, he said, and Conklin is on the list of future communities to work with. In the meantime, officers will be monitoring the area and making sure people don’t go to the dump to visit the bears. He said Alberta Environment and the municipality are responsible for ensuring proper fencing is in place to protect bears and humans. “The fencing issue has been addressed with the municipality. It’s not our responsibility to build the fence around the landfill.”
The Province Carmina August 14, 2009 - 12:06 PM
You have more to fear from the people among us than you do anything else and yet we squander millions of tax dollars on keeping them alive. It's always the animal that pays the price for human stupidity and it looks like we're well on our way to killing off every other species and our entire planet. What a bunch of idiots we are.
August 18, 2009
Dear Mr. Morton,
I am writing to add my voice to the growing number of people outraged over the senseless murder of 12 young black bears feeding at the dump near Conklin. On August 11, "wildlife officers" blasted away the lives of these bears because of a perceived danger to the public and because they had grown unafraid of humans. It's been said that man is the most dangerous of all, and once again the actions of these thugs with guns proves it.
Dave Ealey, spokesperson for SRD, says that on average 280 bears are killed per year in Alberta. Something's terribly wrong. With some simple proactive measures, like BearSmart education, regular patrols of the area, and proper fencing, the bears didn't have to die. The provincial BearSmart program clearly states that one of the goals is "helping bear populations survive."
We've encroached on their habitat, and must learn to live in harmony with nature. Surely, other species' lives are just as valuable as we like to think ours are, and strong efforts must be made to protect all wildlife. That should be the job of Fish and Wildlife, not that of exterminator.
Ontario SRD spokesperson, Jolanta Kowalski, says that the laws of that province forbids trapping or hunting of bears by anyone within 400 metres of a landfill, "conservation" officers included. Rather, specially equipped paintball guns are used to scare them away.
No matter what the explanation, the slaughter of the bears was unjustified. Hopefully, there will be quick government action on this matter and the other 4 bears currently at risk in Conklin will not be assassinated.
Last year, 657 black bears were killed by conservation officers, including 62 on Vancouver Island. Another 111 were relocated and 30 cubs sent for rehabilitation. The five-year average is 614 black bears destroyed and 104 relocated.
Risk to humans is the sole consideration when a conservation officer decides whether to kill an animal, said Tom Clark, conservation service head. The article:
The Province July 17, 2011 Carmina Gooch’s letter published:
Most dangerous animal
Our wildlife is being decimated at an alarming rate and we have only ourselves to blame.
You'd never know that Homo sapiens is Latin for "wise man." With our ability to reason and problem solve, why is killing still the method of choice? If it's a risk to public safety that's so concerning, let's face it, man is the most dangerous animal of all.
Carmina Gooch, North Vancouver
September 6, 2013 It’s not hunting, and a grizzly head and paws are not trophies
Sept 2015 Fear of Sharks? A Comment on Aggression and Compassion in Humans and Animals (the tragic victims of the senseless & cruel 'hunting' industry)