An adult bear was destroyed at Rainbow Park on August 11 after climbing on a picnic table occupied by a family, and eating their dinner.
The bear had been tagged indicating previous conflict history, and had been frequenting Meadow Park and the surrounding area for the last week accessing non-natural food in close proximity to people.
A wildlife alert was issued on August 7, and “bear in area” signs were posted in Meadow Park.
The Conservation Officer Service treated this situation as high priority and monitored the park throughout the week. They hazed the bear out of the area on August 9 using non-lethal deterrents in an attempt to move the bear back into the forest to more suitable habitat.
On August 11 the bear's behaviour at Rainbow Park triggered the Conservation Officer Service's decision to destroy it, as it was a level of habituation that constitutes a public safety hazard.
Residents and visitors are reminded to:
- Report bear sightings in residential areas by phoning the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR. Whistler Conservation Officers are notified daily about sightings and immediately in emergencies. Calling the COS when you first see a bear in your neighbourhood or yard gives the COS more options to manage the bear.
- Never feed or approach a bear.
- Always manage garbage, recycling and other attractants so bears can’t access them, at home or in your car.
- Visit whistler.ca/bears for more information.