Bear season brisk for conservation officers in the Southern Interior

Kamloops lead the way in the Thompson-Okanagan with bear conflict reports this season.
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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - It was a busy bear season for conservation officers in the Southern Interior, who were forced to destroy 30 bears and relocate or rehbilitate another five.

The B.C. Conservation Office says there were 404 bear calls in the Kamloops area between April 1 and Nov. 2, well ahead of Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

Conservation officers attended 51 calls in Kamloops and destroyed 12 bears. Two additional bears were destroyed by an unidentified third party and two cubs were recovered for rehabilitation.

Kelowna reported 256 bear calls with officers responding to 23 of those calls. They destroyed seven bears and relocated two others in the region.

Vernon wasn’t far off, with 183 calls for service and officers attending to 18 of those calls. They were forced to destroy eight bears, while one bear was reported destroyed by a third party.

Penticton saw the least amount of bear action with 78 service calls, attending just three. Officers destroyed three bears and relocated a fourth.

Statistics were not available for all areas but officers in Kelowna and West Kelowna recently reported a doubling of calls for service for bear conflicts from April 1 to Sept. 9, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

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