11 bears were killed by conservation officers in Tri-Cities last year

Conservation officers killed 11 black bears in the Tri-Cities in 2021, according to records released through a recent freedom of information request.

That number is the lowest since 2015, when officers killed five bears.

Discussing the issue earlier this year, Tri-Cities Bear Aware Community Group member Judy Taylor-Atkinson emphasized the importance of reporting wildlife sightings. Those reports can lead to increased scrutiny from bylaw departments and the improved management of attractants like garbage and fruit trees.

When the system works, it leads to better outcomes for both humans and bears, Taylor-Atkinson said during an interview with the Dispatch earlier this spring.

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“We’re beginning to see that the data is proving that the feedback loop works and that we are recording less bear-human interactions,” Taylor-Atkinson explained.

Bears killed in the Tri-Cities by year

  • 2021: 11
  • 2020: 15
  • 2019: 30
  • 2018: 18
  • 2017: 13
  • 2016: 20
  • 2015: 5

Across the province, conservation officers killed 595 bears in 2021. Since 2015, officers have killed
more than 500 bears each year except for 2018, when 440 bears were killed.

Bears killed in B.C. by year

  • 2021: 595
  • 2020: 585
  • 2019: 672
  • 2018: 440
  • 2017: 556
  • 2016: 526
  • 2015: 556

Conservation officers killed 77 juvenile bears in 2021, including two in the Tri-Cities.

Sightings of bears in residential areas can be reported through this online form.

Aggressive or threatening bears can be reported by calling 1 877 952-7277.

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