A seemingly entertaining video of a bear raiding a refrigerator showed behavior that resulted in it being killed by conservation officials
At first glance, a video of a bear enjoying a stolen snack on someone’s front step would probably make you smile or even laugh. But for conservation officials, this kind of behavior is a serious red flag.
A video posted on TikTok on Thursday went viral, attracting more than two million views. The video was taken by a North Vancouver man on his @dadknowseverything account. It shows him closing his front door on the snacking black bear, then gives a nervous laugh before showing the aftermath of his nearby fridge, which appears to have been cleared out by the bear.
In a statement Friday, the BC Conservation Officer Service said the bear was killed Thursday after receiving reports that it had attempted to enter people’s homes numerous times.
“Yesterday, conservation officers were called to such a report and responded immediately to ensure the safety of the public,” read the statement, which was posted to Facebook. “When they arrived, the bear had just exited a house and was seen pushing open a door to a neighboring house. The bear was killed.”
The COS said its officials had been working with bylaw officials to try to stop the problem of unsafe attractants – mainly trash cans that weren’t properly secured – that were driving the bear to stay in the neighborhood for weeks.
“Despite our best efforts, the bear kept repeating its food-related behavior,” the COS said. “Once a bear is accustomed to unnatural food sources and shows minimal fear of humans, it is no longer a candidate for relocation or rehabilitation – the risk to public safety is simply far too great.”
Conservation officials tried to capture the bear but were unsuccessful, according to the statement.
The COS said the killing of a bear was an unfortunate outcome that it was working hard to prevent.
“Unfortunately, the sad reality is that failure by people to take precautions to properly secure attractants often results in bears being killed to keep people safe,” the statement said. “Conservation officials will follow up on any necessary enforcement action.”
Securing your litter is the best way to protect people and bears. In the fall, bears will try to fatten up before winter, so it’s more important than ever to properly secure your droppings and other attractants.
North Shore News has reached out to the Department of Environment for comment on how conservation officials will conduct enforcement. The TikTok account was also reached for comment.
Black Bear stole some shit!! Call the police, there’s been a burglary!!
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