This black bear wreaked some havoc on Fawn Rd. on Sept. 12, 2020. It damaged a plum tree and ate all of its fruit. (Submitted photo)

This black bear wreaked some havoc on Fawn Rd. on Sept. 12, 2020. It damaged a plum tree and ate all of its fruit. (Submitted photo)

Police remind residents to be ‘bear aware’

Clearwater RCMP receive numerous calls about bears in the area

June 17

At 7:41 p.m. a local woman living in the 300-block of Robson Street called to report a bear in her backyard. She advised that it had moved the chairs on her ramp and was on her rear porch before laying down to chew on something.

Const. Tobin attended and observed a large amount of debris in the backyard and among the mess was a case of “Boost” supplement shakes that had holes in the bottles. The complainant advised that these would be at least seven years old. The bear had since left and the complainant told the constable she had someone coming to clean her yard in the next week.

Patrols around the neighbourhood didn’t find the bear, and dog walkers were advised. No further complaints or action is possible at this time. The BC Conservation service was advised.

June 18

At 9:30 a.m. a 57-year-old local man called the RCMP to report a bear in the 400-block of Webber Road. He reported a healthy black bear that wasn’t scared of people or even his dogs in the neighbourhood. It had continued to eat garbage and oils placed out by the some local restaurants.

The complainant was looking for a phone number for BC Conservation.

Const. Meyer provided the complainant with a phone number and then contacted a local conservation officer, who advised of the improper garbage management in town and will await the report from the complainant.

Later, at 12 p.m. BC Emergency Health Services requested the RCMP to attend for an ATV rollover at the Bain Rd/Mt. MacLennan FSR. It was reported that an ATV had rolled over on a three-year-old girl. BC Ambulance requested assistance with securing a landing zone for the EHS helicopter from Kamloops.

Const. Meyer was in Barriere on another file so Const. Tobin was called out to secure a landing zone. Const. Meyer later attended and learned that a local 29-year-old mother was doubling her daughter on an ATV down a hill when she inadvertently hit a rock and rolled the ATV over top of her daughter who was wearing a helmet at the time.

There were minor injuries at the time, but a precautionary flight to Kamloops was taken in case those injuries worsened. The mother went with her daughter in the helicopter, while the father drove to meet them in Kamloops at Royal Inland Hospital.

June 19

At 3:06 p.m. in Clearwater a 51-year-old Kelowna woman called to report that there was a bear walking in the 300-block of Robson St. that looked skinny. She expressed concern for the kids in the area. Const. Tobin spoke with the complainant who advised that the BC Conservation Service attended and had a look for the bear but did not state what their intentions were to deal with the ongoing issue in terms of trapping or destroying the animal.

Const. Tobin advised the complainant that he would touch base with the COs and see what the plan is, or if they have any suggestions for police. The complainant was satisfied with the action taken and the bear was not yet located.

Police and BC Conservation are reminding people to be “bear aware” and to manage their refuse in an appropriate manner, in order to prevent the attraction of bears looking for an easy meal.

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