Trap removed from Kamloops neighborhood, but bear continues to roam freely | infonews

A brown bear in a tree along the river in Valleyview, Kamloops, taken April 19.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Darcy Anderson

May 21, 2022 – 2:35 pm

A bear that moved to a Valleyview neighborhood more than a month ago is still there, hanging out in its favorite tree and roaming the residential community.

While bears are a common site in the neighborhood that stretches along the South Thompson River, some residents have called this one a problematic bear that is not easily hunted and unlike other bears, it does not not move along the river.

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After several concerned residents called the Conservation Officer Service, a trap was set under trees between the end of a road and the shore in late April.

Resident Darcy Anderson said the trap was removed last week and the bear was still walking around.

“He’s back sleeping in our tree,” Anderson said. “He was right in front of us this morning. I think most of the neighborhood just gave up.

He does not know why the trap was removed.

“I guess they think if the bear doesn’t fall for it in two weeks, it probably never will.”

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The bear is not afraid of Anderson or his dogs and does not react to bear hits, he said.

Anderson said the bear roams the neighborhood while people and their children are in their driveways, and he’s worried he’ll be sleeping somewhere and reacting aggressively if startled by neighborhood children.

The bear’s favorite sleeping spot is in a tree, six meters from Anderson’s Bridge and doesn’t appear to have any intention of leaving, he said.

The Conservation Officer Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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