Bear Incident on North Nechako Road
Prince George, B.C.- The sight of a carcass of a black bear on North Nechako Road in Prince George, has sparked concern from area residents.
The animal was shot by Prince George RCMP Detachment officers on early Sunday near the entrance to Edgewood Terrace. Area residents report hearing three shots. That information has yet to be confirmed, but there was at least one spent shell casing left on the roadway.
Prince George Detachment Superintendent Warren Brown says officers were called to the area early Sunday after receiving a report a bear had been struck by a vehicle. He says when the officers arrived on scene, the animal was gravely injured and unable to move off the roadway. Officers made the decision to shoot the bear to end its suffering.
The carcass of the bear was in the bicycle lane of North Nechako Road for several hours, until it was removed by a Conservation Officer.
It has been a little more than a decade since a policy was put in place at the local detachment which puts restrictions on when a local RCMP Officer can put down an animal. That policy came into play following an incident in the Hart when local Mounties shot and killed a sow and her cubs in a residential area.
Superintendent Brown says while his officers would prefer not to have to carry out such acts, there are times when it can’t be avoided as a Conservation Officer may not be available to do the deed in a timely manner which could prolong an animal’s suffering.