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October 27, 2017 5:18 pm

Conservation Service Rescues Bear Cub

Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Prince George, B.C. – A black bear sow is dead after being shot by a bow and arrow.


Rescued cub-image courtesy Northern Lights Wildlife

Conservation Officer Eamon McArthur says it occurred on the Hart Highway in a trail near the Inverness Trailer Park sometime this week.

He says it’s unlawful to kill any bear in the presence of cubs and adds it’s also illegal not to self-report such infractions.

“It was killed by a bow and arrow. The bear wasn’t taken, the carcass was left on a trail. They likely shot the bear, didn’t watch it enough, and then shot it and saw the bear cubs afterwards but I’m just speculating on that.”

He says they managed to rescue one bear cub but says two others were spooked by yesterday’s thunder storm and climbed up a tree.

“They were so small it was difficult for us to get a comfortable shot with a (tranquilizer) dart.”

McArthur says he doesn’t know where the cubs are now and says survival will be “very difficult.”

The rescued cub is now in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).


Sickens me that a hunter would not take what was shot. Inexperienced? I would say so.

    You use the word “hunter” too loosely. This person was no hunter. Just because you can kill something doesn’t make you a hunter.

      True dat!

I doubt that it was inexperience, more likely “STUPIDITY”

I hope the other 2 cubs are found safe. Poor little guys :(

And who is the jerk that shot the mamma?

    All it takes is the people in this area, who know a neighbor who hunts with a bow to come forward. C.O.’s are pretty good with their “interviews”.

Don’t know why hunters or hunting enters this conversation. Not everyone feels the same about bears.
Mama bears have a well deserved reputation for protecting their young from “perceived” danger. Sometimes that danger is in fact more perceived than real, but Mama responds with a degree of ferocity as she feels she needs.
Well, humans have an equally deserved reputation for ferociously protecting their young too. And respond with equal ferocity to perceived danger, whether it be uninvited strangers, unfair teachers, pipeline projects, or other things of real or imagined danger.
A Mama bear with cubs wandering around human habitation with children present is a mutual perception issue waiting for an opportunity to end violently. Not every human waits for the CO’s lecture on garbage storage before dealing with perceived danger.

There’s some Fox Cubs up on Connaught Hill saw them the other day, adult Fox is taking care of them. Hopefully the public leave them be or if they arent allowed up there relocated

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