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Nine bears killed in Canadian town of Revelstoke after raiding the garbage

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Conservation officer voices frustration at having to shoot bears that came close to humans while hunting an easy meal from unsecured trash and fruit trees

Canadian authorities have been forced to kill nine bears in three days in the town of Revelstoke because they were attracted by garbage cans left unsecured by residents.

Conservation officer Dan Bartol, who helped kill the bears in the British Columbia town, said the animals had wandered too close to humans, with one coming within a few feet of a toddler in a garage.

I had to make the most difficult decision I had to make in my career, and thats to destroy the exact object Im working so hard to protect, he said.

Bartol said the majority of residents in the town of 7,000 did not have bear-proof bins and he was still hearing about bears breaking into peoples houses.

According to the Revelstoke Bear Aware group, bears become increasingly active in the summer and their keen sense of smell allows them to identify potential food sources from considerable distances.

The groups website said the town had long had a bear problem, with 23 bears killed in 1995, but in recent years the average annual number had been fewer than seven.

The city of Revelstoke was not immediately available for comment.

Bartol told the Calgary Herald: The common thread here is garbage and fruit trees, and thats creating attractants for bears to come in to the town, because theres nothing to stop them theres no deterrent at all.

The bears know theres easy food to be found, and they come down looking for the fruit trees that everyone has to have for some reason, and they get into garbage thats not secured properly, and then this happens.

In a information brochure posted online, the town said its bylaws stipulated garbage containers must be dry, odour-free, with lids, and could not be in a location accessible by wildlife unless left for collection.

With Reuters

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/23/nine-bears-killed-in-canadian-city-of-revelstoke-after-raiding-the-garbage

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