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Bears are commonplace in Whistler, across fairways and under chairlifts over mountain bike trails the delight of tourists who’ve never seen such wild things, as well as locals, bears are seen quite commonly eating ants, berries and grass; grazing, and even sometimes passed out under a tree.
This Sundays occulter, when police responded to a call from a man saying: ¨he´d been sitting in a hot tub when a blow pushed him from his perch and he turned around, bleeding and confused, to find himself staring at a black bear…
Police quickly responded, and killed the bear saying it was a risk to the public: “In the case where the bear came close to a residence and injured someone who was sitting in a hot tub … in that case, it’s a little more serious, and for that reason the bear was destroyed,” Inspector Chris Doyle of B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service said on Monday.
The incident required 12 stitches to the lower mainland residents face where the bear was located 100meters away from the incicdent near the vilages popular Marketplace area and the man was alone and not eating anything when attacked.
The incident is slightly unusual because it does not involve the bear being surprised – as can happen in the backcountry when hikers stumble between a mother bear and her cubs – or “attractants” such as garbage or pet food. It is believed the hot tub or hot tub cover could have been giving off a sort of formic acid smell that attracted the bear. This is to be determined, and debatable however it is know bears are attracted to this bitter scent given off from dead, crushed, high protein ant that probably tastes quite good to them…
Conservation officers will perform a necropsy to try to determine what could have influenced the apparent healthy Males attack. The bear had not been previously tagged as one involved in conflicts with humans.
Biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia Ken Otter, speculated that it could have been a case of mistaken identity.
“If you think about what the bear was seeing, he could have been seeing just a small object close to the ground,” Mr. Otter said, adding that bears prey on small mammals such as cats or groundhogs.
On average, more than 800 black bears and 40 grizzly bears are killed each year in B.C. Most of those cases involve bears that get used to food sources such as garbage, backyard fruit trees or compost bins.