Bear attacks Maple Ridge senior

A Maple Ridge senior survived a bear attack on Wednesday night

Conservation officers tried to trap a bear Thursday in east Maple Ridge after a woman was hurt Wednesday.

A Maple Ridge senior was taken to hospital after a bear attack on Wednesday night.

The 69-year-old woman was attacked at approximately 8 p.m., at her home in the 1200 block of 287th Street, near Andersen Pacific Forest Products.

The woman saw three bear cubs on her property, and walked out onto her deck to look at them.

The mother bear, “ran over the woman on the deck,” said Inspector Murray Smith of the Conservation Officer Service. The sow bear then ran into the woods with her cubs, leaving the woman with a laceration on her face.

She was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.

The mother bear has been trapped by Conservation officers, and its cubs were up a tree at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The animals will be assessed for their health. They were not tagged as having been problem bears previously.

“A determination will be made for the next step – how these bears will be dealt with,” said Smith.

A next door neighbour said she has frequently seen the bear with its cubs, which are young.

“We saw the same bear – because it is rare that you see a momma with three cubs,” said Theresa Moudatsos.

She hoped that conservation officers relocate the bears rather than shooting them.

“They’re just little things, and the momma is just doing her job,” she said. “The momma is looking after her babies.”

“Get your van, and get your things, and get them up north somewhere,” she urged. “Put them in the bush.”

She said the neighbourhood is bear aware, and it is not uncommon to see them. Last year Moudatsos had a bear on her greenhouse, eating grapes, and took a “so what” approach to the repairs that were necessary afterward.

“If you see them with cubs, you want to go the other way,” she said.



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