Update: Conservation Officer Service have relocated a 300-pound grizzly bear. The COS received numerous sightings over 24 hours of the grizzly, said the Conservation Officer Service. However, there was no aggressive behaviour by the bear. “In consultation with wildlife biologists, the COS made the decision to safely tranquilize, capture and relocate the grizzly.”
Authorities in Whistler are asking people to be cautious after a grizzly bear was seen in the community. Whistler RCMP advised the community about the sighting in the area of Rainbow Lodge Historic Cabins yesterday. The grizzly was seen around 4 pm on Friday, June 2.
Grizzly bear sightings can be reported to the COS at 1-877-952-7277.
In a statement posted on social media, RMOW said the Conservation Officer Service (COS) attended Rainbow Park following reports of a Grizzly Bear in the area and nearby bike trails. The community is being reminded to keep dogs on leash, give bears space, never approach or feed them and don’t leave food unattended.
Grizzly Bears are different from black bears. They have prominent shoulder hump (not on younger grizzlies as they take time to develop), and small rounded ears. Their front claws are long and light, and they have a dished snout and face, and their paw print leaves a straight line made by the front toes. Their colour varies from black to brown.