Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement two young bears are getting into people’s trash in Rocky Mountain House. Photo via Facebook

Update: One grizzly bear put down in central Alberta

Two young bears getting into garbage in central Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were trying to capture two young grizzly bears spotted roaming in the Rocky Mountain House area Sunday.

One of the bears was captured Monday and was euthanized Tuesday, a spokesperson from Alberta Fish and Wildlife said.

The bear was conditioned to seek human garbage, stated an email from the agency.

“And in accordance with government of Alberta’s grizzly bear response guide, the bear was put down.”

The second grizzly appears to have left town, but Fish and Wildlife officers continue to receive reports of the bear being around private property and acreages west of Rocky Mountain House.

The agency says the bears got into between 20 and 30 residential garbage bins and ate whatever was inside on Sunday.

“Something wildlife biologists refer to as positive-food rewards. The bears stuck around afterwards pursuing other potential sources of human food.”

Officers closed off the trails along the North Saskatchewan River to public access. The agency asks the public to not enter the closed area, which is marked with signage.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife asks residents to take steps to ensure bears do not access unnatural food sources.

Residents are reminded to store garbage and compost in bear-proof containers, or a building that cannot be accessed by the animals.

Improperly stored garbage is the most common cause of human-bear conflicts.

Any sightings of the bears can be reported to Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement two young bears are getting into people’s trash in Rocky Mountain House. Photo via Facebook

Officers have closed off the trails along the North Saskatchewan River to public access due to two young bears in Rocky Mountain House area. Photo contributed

Just Posted

Thousands of Albertans flock to Westerner Days on last day

Central Albertans took advantage of Sunday’s sunshine and flocked to Westerner Days… Continue reading

Former Humboldt Broncos player who survived bus crash hopes for spot on team

RED DEER, Alta. — A former Humboldt Broncos player whose back was… Continue reading

Man and dog dead after early morning house fire in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Officials say a man and a dog are dead… Continue reading

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

OTTAWA — The federal government is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit against… Continue reading

May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious plan for the climate

OTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

TORONTO — The names of the two people killed in a shooting… Continue reading

Relief in sight for southeastern Canada following weekend heat wave

MONTREAL — Relief is in sight for sweltering Canadians after a weekend… Continue reading

Trudeau’s former right-hand adviser playing role in Liberal election campaign

OTTAWA — With three months to go now until the election, the… Continue reading

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.… Continue reading

Thousands visit Illinois governor mansion after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion… Continue reading

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

VANCOUVER — High school students in Canada may not be getting the… Continue reading

‘Us and them’: influence of Quebec anglos on decline with new Coalition government

MONTREAL — Last March, Quebec Premier Francois Legault made a mocking remark… Continue reading

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

VANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how… Continue reading

Most Read