Kudos to responsible conservation officers in Banff

It is typically said that a fed bear is a dead bear. But in Banff National Park, some hard working conservation officers (COs) are preventing that from holding true.

According to the Calgary Herald, the wildlife officials closed a park near the Banff town site after receiving reports that a black bear was being fed illegally and had begun acting boldly.

On Saturday evening (Sept. 6), the COs successfully hazed the bear out of the area. But the following night, the bear was back and did not respond to hazing techniques.

By Tuesday, wildlife officials were able to dart and tag the bear, relocating him the following day. This will allow them to track his movements and respond appropriately if he is involved in another feeding incident.

Fortunately, the description provided to the COs of the individual who was feeding the bear proved fruitful: the investigation is ongoing, but it is expected that charges will be laid. The maximum penalty is a $25,000 fine for feeding wildlife in a national park, the Calgary Herald noted.

While many times, a fed bear ends up a dead bear, it is important to note the hard work and effort of the conservation officers and biologists involved in this case. Frequently we hear of similar situations being settled immediately with lethal action. The extra steps that these officials are taking show that peaceful resolution is always an option with wildlife conflict, and for that, they deserve our thanks.

Photo by Kerri Martin

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