Conservation Service Rescues Bear Cub
Prince George, B.C. – A black bear sow is dead after being shot by a bow and arrow.
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).