I write this letter in the hopes that our local Conservation Officer will take action with respect to a black bear which has been foraging in my yard and that of my neighbours for the past three years. This bear is small for its age, has poor quality fur and walks with a limp.
One day the bear walked into my garage, opened the fridge door and smashed jam jars onto the floor in the hopes of finding food. One of my other neighbours has filmed this bear walking in their backyard. The bear spends many days on my staircase leading down to the beach. Two weeks ago I was walking around the side of my house when the bear bumped into me coming from the opposite direction. Fortunately she fled because I am 89 years old and my legs no longer want to run!
I and several of my neighbours have telephoned, spoken to, and left messages with the Conservation Officer on numerous occasions with an appeal to have this little bear removed. To date, nothing has been done.
Having the bear wander from home to home is of concern because it is not afraid of humans. We don’t feel safe walking in our yards. The bear is getting bigger, albeit slowly, but could end up attacking someone.
I hope that the Conservation Officer will take note of this letter and deal, once and for all, with this bear.
Kurt Allemann, Sechelt