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Bear killed in North Van park
Conservation officers were forced to kill their first bear on the North Shore this summer on Aug. 21.
The three-year-old bear, which had been relocated before, was at Greenwood Park near East 20th Street and Ridgeway Avenue in North Vancouver.
“It had probably been taught by its mother to live in the city,” said Christine Miller, education coordinator for the North Shore Black Bear Society.
The young bear moved from the Brooksbank elementary school area towards Loutet Farm.
“He was getting into people’s garbage and green cans,” said Miller. “It’s the garbage that’s stored outside that is the real serious problem.”
Although North Shore residents are now better at not leaving garbage out overnight, she recommends freezing the most odorous trash.
It may be a bit inconvenient, she added, but would stop the number of bears venturing into urban settings.
As for recyclers, Miller said, “If people are using the green can program then we tell them that they should be wrapping their odorous things in newspapers.”
Bears usually start to hibernate by the end of November but last winter a couple were spotted on the North Shore.