Protection order issued after Bella Coola bear attack

Fruit trees to be removed after sow grizzly defended cubs and sent man to hospital

Conservation officers who responded to the grizzly bear attack on Grant Road in the Bella Coola Valley earlier this week have determined the incident was a defensive one by a sow grizzly with cubs.

COS Sgt. Jeff Tyre said the victim is in stable condition in hospital in Vancouver and is expected to return home soon. Tyre wouldn’t release any further details about the incident.

The grizzly and her cubs have not returned to the area where the conflict occurred. However, officers will continue to closely monitor that situation. They have captured images on trail cameras of several other bears feeding on the many cherry trees in the area.

In the meantime, Tyre said there is much to be done in the valley to reduce human/wildlife conflict by having residents better manage their bear attractants.

Tyre said the officers do not want to be heavy-handed with the public, and would rather work to create better awareness around to need to reduce human food sources for bears.

They did, however, issue a dangerous wildlife protection order to the property owner where the bear attack occurred. That order will see the removal of some fruit trees and gleaning of ripe fruit.

“We going to remove that fruit and hopefully make it a safer situation there with humans again,” Tyre said, noting much more needs to be done.

READ MORE: Bella Coola Valley man attacked by sow grizzly eating from a cherry tree

“It’s going to take a change in mentality. We are being told that there are more bears in the valley. It’s becoming less socially acceptable to kill bears and we want to be able to co-exist with the bears and that’s going to take a change in the thoughts of a lot of people. We can’t have one person holding back the progress and creating habituated and food-conditioned bears that will affect the rest of the community.”

Sheldon Tallio, community coordinator for WildSafe BC in the valley, said everyone in the valley is responsible to remove bear attractants and avoid conflicts like the one this week.

“We need to work together,” Tallio said.

Just Posted

“Huge disappointment” as BCVT learns Northern Sea Wolf will not sail this summer

The Nimpkish is arrriving near-empty as frustrated travelers can’t get to Bella Bella for transfer

Protection order issued after Bella Coola bear attack

Fruit trees to be removed after sow grizzly defended cubs and sent man to hospital

Bella Coola enjoys 33rd Annual Valley Ridge Riders Rodeo

Sunny skies on Monday added a welcome touch to an otherwise damp weekend

First Nation pipeline protesters erect ‘tiny homes’ in B.C. Park

Kanahus Manuel and Tiny House Warriors say more homes being constructed in park

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Trudeau’s youth council divided over Trans Mountain pipeline purchase

A letter signed by 16 past and present members was made public today, asking the federal government to reverse course

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

Hogan had used racial slurs caught on video when talking about his daughter sleeping with a black man

‘Lava bomb’ through roof of tour boat injures 22 in Hawaii

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers”

B.C. teen meets Nicolas Cage

Filming mob movie in downtown Vernon, B.C.

Critics claim Trump “defended a tyrant”

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

B.C. MLAs choose new children’s watchdog

Jennifer Charlesworth has worked in government, social services

B.C. reporter calls out immigration photo on social media as fake news

A Vancouver reporter is calling out a British politician for spreading fake news

Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing

Out of 1,773 glaciers, 1,353 shrank significantly between 2000 and 2016

Most Read