October 29th, 2013 ~ Vol. 84 No. 42
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Bear Monitoring Killed
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Local wildlife authorities are withdrawing the locations of bears from the media after a young black bear was killed near Bellevue in the past month.
Bear #6 (as it was tagged by Fish and Wildlife authorities) was near some private property along a ridge near Dairy Road by Bellevue when it’s tracking device quit moving on scanner.
“Somebody had killed him and hid the tag under a pile of wood,” said John Clarke, a Fish and Wildlife officer.
“It wasn’t even the bear that was causing trouble in the area,” according to Clark, who continued to explain another black bear spotted in the Bellevue area three weeks ago didn’t measure up to the monitoring program, so they know it wasn’t the one killed.
The body of Bear #6 wasn’t found however, Clarke contends the tag would have had to been removed from body of the animal after it had been killed.
Up until recently, locations of local bears were given out in newspapers to make the public aware of their activity through the Bear Smart Programmonitoring.
BearSmart is a public awareness program for people visiting, working or living in bear territory, according to the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development webpage.
Throughout the fall months it has come to our attention that by listing the specific locations of bears within the Crowsnest Pass Valley it has created an easy opportunity for the less than ethical hunters, poachers and property owners that fear the presence of wildlife to find, hunt and eliminate some of these animals, said Clark in a written statement to media.

“Me putting out the locations of where the bears are is creating opportunities for those unethical hunters.”
If the bears start moving into an area Fish and Wildlife officers finds unacceptable, added Clarke, I can scare them away using bangers or my bear dogs.
“We want to scare them so they learn that geographic spot is unacceptable.”
The purpose of articles (in the newspaper) is to let people know there are bears in the community and they need to be smart, he said.
“The reason these animals are coming to town is the food.”
The public’s confusion on how many bears are present, known and unknown and the location of the animals on a day-to-day basis is causing some frustration for local wildlife officers, writes Clark.
Although there has been a small percentage of success educating the public on how to dispose of food and garbage so it doesn’t attract wild animals, sometimes the education sessions fall short.
“You go back next week and the same people have their garbage out,” said Clarke.
“You think you’ve made all this headway and all of a sudden you are 10 steps back.”
Clarke said he would continue an investigation for the killer of the juvenile black bear and added he would consult with informants and talk with members of the community about the circumstances surrounding the bears’ death.
“You shouldn’t be shooting this close to town,” he said.
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