Bullish bear put down

A black bear that knocked down a man in Coquitlam River Park last week has been euthanized.

Trails to the park, which straddles Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, have been reopened after traps were set to catch the bear. But walkers and hikers are still encouraged to carry bear spray, bells or an air horn.

The warning comes as the BC Conservation Officer Service reports officers trapped a bear matching the description of one involved in a July 16 incident when a man was knocked over.

The bear had been accessing food at the tent site, and the decision was made to kill the bear because it was hanging around during daylight hours in an area of human activity and appeared to be used to the presence of people.

For these reasons, the bear was not a candidate for relocation.

The Tri-Cities have seen a significant jump in bear sightings reported to Wildsafe BC so far this year.

According to data from the organization’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program, there have been 725 reported bear sightings in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody to last week, up 31.1% from the 553 in the Tri-Cities last year. Port Moody has seen the biggest spike, rising 137%, while Coquitlam’s numbers have jumped 45.9% and Port Coquitlam's have fallen 25.2%. 

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