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Trap removed from Kamloops neighbourhood but bear continues to roam free

A brown bear in a tree along the river in Valleyview, Kamloops, taken April 19.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Darcy Anderson

A bear that moved into a Valleyview neighbourhood more than a month ago is still there, hanging out in his favourite tree and wandering through the residential community.

While bears are a common site in the neighbourhood that stretches along the South Thompson River, some residents labelled this one a problem bear that is not easily shooed away and unlike other bears, it is not moving along up the river.

READ MORE: Residents worried about bear hanging around Kamloops neighbourhood

After several concerned residents called the Conservation Officer Service, a trap was installed under some trees between the end of a road and the riverbank at the end of April.

Resident Darcy Anderson said the trap was removed last week and the bear is still wandering around. 

“He is back sleeping in our tree again,” Anderson said. “He was just across the street from us this morning. I think most of the neighbourhood has just given up.”

He doesn't know why the trap was removed.

“I guess they figure if the bear is not going to fall for the trap in two weeks it most likely never will.”

READ MORE: Conservation service sets trap for nuisance bear in Kamloops neighbourhood

The bear is not afraid of Anderson or his dogs and does not respond to bear bangers, he said.

Anderson said the bear wanders through the neighbourhood while people and their kids are out on their driveways, and he’s concerned it will be sleeping somewhere and react aggressively if startled by neighbourhood kids.

The bear’s favourite sleeping spot is in a tree, six metres away from Anderson’s deck and appears to have no intention of leaving, he said.

The Conservation Officer Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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