The young black bear caught Monday in a southwestern Airdrie district has been successfully relocated, officials confirmed Tuesday.
County Fish and Wildlife Officer Mike Rayment said the decision to relocate the yearling was in accordance with a response guide compiled by provincial biologists.
“In this case, we determined that, as far as we could tell, we had no information to suggest that (the bear) was showing any signs of being food conditioned, any conditioning to unnatural food sources, or any habituation or over – Familiarity with people. So at that point we decided it would be a candidate for relocation,” Rayment said. “And today it was moved to an area northwest of Calgary.”
Bear was reassured for the move after the afternoon in Airdrie
Officials estimated the bear weighed about 100 pounds and was about a year and a half old.
“It was probably only recently unleashed by its mother and somehow found its way into Airdrie.”
According to Rayment, bear calls are not uncommon in Calgary, particularly around the Weaselhead Flats, Glenmore Reservoir or Fish Creek Provincial Park. But he said a bear visit to Airdrie is rarer.
“In general, if they have plenty of room to roam and don’t show any behavior of concern, that’s not that worrying to us. But when you venture into more dense, urban areas like this in Airdrie, it’s a way into an urban environment with lots of people, that changes our response at that point,” he told Global News.
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The wandering bear cub spends the afternoon in Airdrie’s backyards
The Fish and Wildlife Commissioner said things like unsecured litter and trees laden with fruit could draw bears further into cities.
He said the Airdrie residents who encountered the black bear did the right thing.
“One big thing is in an urban area – just like in a more remote environment – just give it plenty of space, try to back away slowly and don’t corner it or push it to go in a certain direction moving away,” Rayment said.
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Officials advise that visitors carry bear spray when outdoors where bears are known to roam. They also advise if encountering a bear in the wild to follow these tips to avoid a conflict:
- Do not run. Stay calm. Stay with your group and keep children around. Assess the situation
- look around If you see cubs or an animal carcass, the bear will want to protect you. If you see both of them, back away from them
- Prepare to use your bear spray
- Return. Exit the area the way you came. Keep an eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively
- Watch out for a hiding spot. When backing away, find a safe place such as B. a car or a building
- Talk to the bear in a low, low voice. Let the bear know you are human and not prey
- Use your noisemaker and prepare to defend yourself with bear spray
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