Bear euthanized for attempted break and enter

This bear was put down after it was caught wandering residential areas and attempting to get into a Naramata home on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
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NARAMATA — A conservation officer was forced to put down an unhealthy looking bear trying to break into a home in Naramata on Wednesday.

Officials say the bear was most likely trying to get food. It had been under surveillance after it was spotted a few days ago with its sibling and mother.

However, the bear was on his own when he was trapped by the conservation officer.

This is the second case of a euthanized bear in Naramata in four years.

The bear wasn't fully grown, looked unhealthy and was too small for its age, according to Zoe Kirk the regional district's Wildsafe B.C. community coordinator. She suggested the bear didn’t learn how to feed himself or live independently.

Naramata has several bear corridors and residents are aware of that and educated on how to keep bears out of the village, Kirk said.

“Most of Naramata is doing everything right,” Kirk said.

People are told to contain garbage and not place it at curb until the morning of pickup day, and to keep pet food and bird feed inside, in order to prevent bears from entering residential areas.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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