bears

Bear sightings lead to temporary closure of some Maple Ridge trails

Bear sightings lead to temporary closure of some Maple Ridge trails

Conservation officer said there are a couple yearling bears in the Kanaka Creek Regional Park area

Bear sightings lead to temporary closure of some Maple Ridge trails
Brad Bednarz holds an injured calf he and his dad Wyatt rescued from a bear attack north of Williams Lake. (Gail Bednarz photo)

Williams Lake father, son rescue calf from bear attack by throwing rocks, tools

Wyatt Bednarz said at first they thought it was a bear and cub, until they got closer

Brad Bednarz holds an injured calf he and his dad Wyatt rescued from a bear attack north of Williams Lake. (Gail Bednarz photo)
The cream-coloured bear can be seen running off into the forest in the left portion of the photo. (Alexandra Buhr photo)

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

The cream-coloured bear can be seen running off into the forest in the left portion of the photo. (Alexandra Buhr photo)
Diana George puts garbage in a bear-proof bin in Maple Ridge Park. Colleen Flanagan/ THE NEWS

Spike of bear calls to Conservation Officer Service prompts calls for prevention

‘We want to do everything we can beforehand to reduce conflict,’ said Sgt. Todd Hunter

Diana George puts garbage in a bear-proof bin in Maple Ridge Park. Colleen Flanagan/ THE NEWS
Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)

Orphaned B.C. bear cub named after Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey

Neighbours assist in capture of Tappen Triplets now in care of Northern Lights Wildlife Society

Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)
A car was trashed by a black bear in West Trail on Monday. (Trail RCMP photo)

VIDEO: Police give B.C. bear bandit the boot

The RCMP report that garbage was locked in the trunk of the car

A car was trashed by a black bear in West Trail on Monday. (Trail RCMP photo)
Video submitted by Cara Mckenzie.

VIDEO: Black bear hops backyard fence to say hello to Abbotsford family

Video taken from house on Applewood Drive on Sumas Mountain

Video submitted by Cara Mckenzie.
Bear shot, later burned in Shuswap gravel pit, sparking B.C. Conservation officers probe

Bear shot, later burned in Shuswap gravel pit, sparking B.C. Conservation officers probe

A black bear killed and dumped in a Tappen gravel pit in mid-April, says BC COS.

Bear shot, later burned in Shuswap gravel pit, sparking B.C. Conservation officers probe
Mali the grizzly bear was relocated to a remote mainland habitat days before it was shot dead. (Facebook/Grizzly Bear Foundation)

Grizzly bear relocated from small island off B.C. coast shot dead in self-defence

Mali, the bear rescued in historic joint efforts, was shot dead in an act of self-defence

Mali the grizzly bear was relocated to a remote mainland habitat days before it was shot dead. (Facebook/Grizzly Bear Foundation)
Grinder and Coola, two bears rescued from northern B.C. in 2001, awoke from their 19th hibernation at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Grouse Mountain photo)

Rise and shine: Grizzly bear pals emerge from 19th hibernation at Grouse Mountain

Grinder and Coola usually awake to a crowd, but the ongoing pandemic forced a more serene welcoming

Grinder and Coola, two bears rescued from northern B.C. in 2001, awoke from their 19th hibernation at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Grouse Mountain photo)
Impacted garbage, recycling service in B.C. prompts call for vigilance at start of bear season
Impacted garbage, recycling service in B.C. prompts call for vigilance at start of bear season
Wendy Bain used to capture images of majestic lions in her home country of South Africa. Now, she’s photographing racoons and bears and whatever else happens to wander into the backyard of her Rock Ridge home in Maple Ridge. She took this photo of a bear chilling out. (Contributed)

LETTER: It’s not bears intruding on us, it’s us intruding on the bears

Maple Ridge reader reacts with partial humour to pic of bear on front page of The News

  • Mar 15, 2020
Wendy Bain used to capture images of majestic lions in her home country of South Africa. Now, she’s photographing racoons and bears and whatever else happens to wander into the backyard of her Rock Ridge home in Maple Ridge. She took this photo of a bear chilling out. (Contributed)
Garbage is a known attractant for bears, as are bird feeders, fruit trees, barbecues, and pet food. (News files)

LETTER: Other factors to consider in Maple Ridge bear fines

It’s not fair to penalize people who have no choice but to put garbage out early

  • Mar 14, 2020
Garbage is a known attractant for bears, as are bird feeders, fruit trees, barbecues, and pet food. (News files)
Garbage is a known attractant for bears, as are bird feeders, fruit trees, barbecues, and pet food. (P. Sulzle Photo/Special to Black Press Media)

LETTER: Bear killed needlessly

Maple Ridge fines not likely answer to bear-people conflicts, one letter writer believes

  • Mar 13, 2020
Garbage is a known attractant for bears, as are bird feeders, fruit trees, barbecues, and pet food. (P. Sulzle Photo/Special to Black Press Media)
Changes made to wildlife bylaw. THE NEWS – files

$500 fine for taking the trash out too early

Maple Ridge gives three readings to tougher measures to protect bears

Changes made to wildlife bylaw. THE NEWS – files
Hope is that it’s a good news for bears this year

Hope is that it’s a good news for bears this year

Maple Ridge could become a Bear Smart city

Hope is that it’s a good news for bears this year
This yearling, now re-located up north, was spotted up a tree in Trail two weeks ago. This was one of many sightings called into BC Conservation the last week of January. (Submitted photo)

B.C. cub that woke early from hibernation taken to sanctuary

Yearling was taken to Northern Lights Wildlife Society in northern B.C.

This yearling, now re-located up north, was spotted up a tree in Trail two weeks ago. This was one of many sightings called into BC Conservation the last week of January. (Submitted photo)
B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

Family Day was eventful for cub, firefighters

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree
Bears coming into communities attracted to improperly stored garbage or fruit remain the biggest source of wildlife conflicts in B.C. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Bear conflicts keep B.C. Conservation Officers busy

Wildlife viewing business faces six charges for baiting bears

Bears coming into communities attracted to improperly stored garbage or fruit remain the biggest source of wildlife conflicts in B.C. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
A Kodiak bear is fed ice cream in a Dairy Queen drive-thru in a screengrab from a video posted to Facebook by the Discovery Wildlife Park.                                Photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

A Kodiak bear is fed ice cream in a Dairy Queen drive-thru in a screengrab from a video posted to Facebook by the Discovery Wildlife Park.                                Photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS