Arond the Mountains: Bears pay big price for dining on crab apples
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BANFF, Alberta ” From Banff to Tahoe, bears are back in the news in mountain resort towns across the West.
In Banff National Park, wildlife wardens killed a black bear that had been feeding on garbage but also crab apples. Officials from Parks Canada, the federal management agency, say that one way or another, they want crab apples gone from the town. Banff is located within the national park of the same name.
“The crab apple situation needs to be taken seriously,” said Steve Michel, Parks Canada’s human-wildlife conflict specialist. “Residents need to remove all the fruit, and if they’re not prepared to do that, they should consider cutting the trees down.”
No existing town law requires apples to be picked and fallen fruit to be removed.
Earlier, the town’s composting facility was forced to stop accepting food when a 10,000-volt electric fence that surrounds the rotting collection malfunctioned and a bear made repeated visits.
Farther west along the TransCanada Highway, two black bears were killed while feasting on rotting fruit ” mainly apples ” that had dumped along the banks of the Columbia River.
While the bears were doing only what came naturally, what concerned officials was the proximity of an elementary school, explains the Revelstoke Times Review.
In Whistler Village, a large male black bear met a similar fate after biting the leg of an Australian tourist who was walking as the bars closed.
The bear fled, but returned into Whistler the next evening, and was shot when discovered on the driving range of a golf course.
This, said Pique, is the ninth bear intentionally destroyed in Whistler this year, but the first in Whistler Village. Another three were hit on roads.
In the Truckee-Tahoe region, where 78 bears were killed by cars last season, only 12 bears have died this year. A bear activist says bears stayed in the backcountry because of a good berry crop.
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