Another black bear trying to access food was destroyed on Tuesday, the 12th bear to be killed so far this year.
“He didn’t make it to two years old. We are frustrated, disappointed and sad,” the North Shore Black Bear Society said.
Residents reported seeing the bear fish for salmon at the Capilano River, but the temptation of easily accessible calories nearby brought him into the neighbourhood.
Garbage, organics, bird seed and outdoor freezers are commonly reported bear attractants, the society said, adding that bears are still active on the North Shore and will remain active year-round if they can access access food.
Another bear had to be destroyed in October in Maplewood neighbourhood. The female bear was found in the industrial area in Maplewood, and it was likely she travelled down the Seymour River or Lynn Creek in search of food.
And in October, a bear was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Capilano Road. Last week, a bear was struck by two vehicles on Highway 99 in West Vancouver.
“Every year on the North Shore bears are killed on our roads. When we leave bear attractants around our properties we increase the chances of bears being in urban areas, where they can be severely injured, orphaned or killed by cars,” the society said.
This is a reminder to slow down and watch for wildlife, the society added. Citizens are request to report all wildlife activity in North and West Vancouver to northshorebears.com