23 Bears Destroyed So Far This Season
Prince George, B.C. – A slight drop in the number of bears destroyed so far this year in the Prince George area over last year.
According to the Ministry of Environment, 23 black bears were destroyed from July 5 to September 9 this season.
That’s down seven bears over the same period last year and a sharp decline from the 57 euthanized in 2014.
Dave Bakker, president of the Northern Bear Awareness Society, attributes the drop to environmental conditions.
“We’ve had two mild springs in a row. We’ve had two decent natural food crops in a row for 2015/2016, and from what we’ve been able to determine it’s a great contributor to keeping the early to mid season numbers low.”
He says the abundance of a natural food crop has also kept calls to the Conservation Service lower than normal (506 from July 5 to September 9 this year compared to 758 last year) yet cautions the 2016 season is far from over.
“If I were a betting man, I would say the number of calls from the end of August to mid-October will almost equal the same number of calls in a three-month period.”