Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mother bear attacks B.C. man in Vancouver suburb: "Animal had become increasingly bold"

A mother black bear that was shot and killed after it attacked a man in the Metro Vancouver suburb of Anmore had been a fixture in the community, said the mayor.

But Heather Anderson said the mother bear had become more aggressive recently, and may have even tried to get into a freezer in a local garage.

Anderson saw the bear and her three cubs walk through her yard in the northern Vancouver suburb this past May.

"She's been in the village, throughout the village, quite extensively in the last probably two, three weeks, especially," said Anderson.

Anderson said she figures the mother bear was looking for food because salmon-berry season is over and blackberry season has yet to begin.

The attack took place just after 7 a.m. Monday in the small, suburban Vancouver community of Anmore, which is home to the popular recreation area of Buntzen Lake. (more)