Bear put down after roaming Comox streets

A three-year-old male black bear was put down Wednesday after he made his way through the Comox Marina, near the library and downtown Comox and was “indifferent to humans.”

Conservation officer James Hilgemann said the bear had been spotted around town and was swimming in the Comox bay when someone on a sailboat saw the animal.

The bear then swam to shore near the Comox Library, he explained, and made its way to the dumpster near the DFO office on Port Augusta Street.

Hilgemann, along with assistance from the Comox Valley RCMP, spent two hours following the bear from downtown through a residential area, where it eventually went up a tree.

“He was really dialed into garbage,” he added. “He wasn’t aggressive, but was habituated to garbage. It’s way too high of risk for bear/human conflict. He had a learned behaviour.”

Hilgemann said the incident serves as a good reminder to keep garbage inside or well protected, keep fruit trees well maintained and to be a good neighbour.

Just Posted

Courtenay family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Jennifer Hedican knew her son Ryan wanted help. It was the weekend,… Continue reading

Comox Valley struggling to reach affordable housing targets

A recent presentation highlighted that the Comox Valley Regional District is lagging… Continue reading

Warm clothes await those in need thanks to local drive

With a large selection of coats, clothes, winter jackets and blankets, more… Continue reading

Missing Courtenay teen found safe

The Comox Valley teen who was last seen Nov. 16 has now… Continue reading

Huband Park Elementary receives $10,000 grant to expand salad bar lunch program

A $10,000 grant will allow a Comox Valley elementary school to expand… Continue reading

Charge laid against B.C. man in alleged cat torture

Joshua Michael Lemire, 20, has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal.

Oxford Dictionary responds by video to Victoria boy’s bid for levidrome

William Shatner tweet garners attention of Oxford

Site C allows more wind, solar energy, experts say

Lawyer, economist argue for completion of B.C. Hydro dam

Tsolum River salmon count results in

More salmon returning to river which was declared “dead” in 1999

Record-high temperatures reached in 18 spots in B.C.

White Rock, Victoria and the Fraser Valley made new records for the unusually warm November day

Supreme Court to hear case on whether ISPs can charge for IDing online pirates

Film producers seeking to crack down on people who share copyrighted material illegally

Canadian initiative fuelled by Terry Fox’s dream may be only hope for young cancer patients

Young cancer patients in rural or remote areas did not always get the testing available

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims

Most Read