Two young grizzly bears are now dead less than a month after being relocated by the province after being caught roaming the Cochrane-area.
The bears had been trapped and moved after raiding a backyard chicken coop west of Calgary back in mid-June. The government uses a grizzly bear response guide taking into account the sex, age and conflict history of animals involved in human conflicts. The male bear returned to the same chicken coop after being relocated west of Cochrane. The guidelines recommend euthanasia when a bear is involved in a “second offence” with livestock. The bear was put down on July 12.
The female had been moved farther west, in the mountains near Canmore. She was struck and killed by a semi on the TransCanada Highway July 4th.
Alberta Environment and Parks provincial carnivore specialist Paul Frame told Global News, “Generally when we move a bear like that, they wander for a bit and try to find a place where they’re going to settle down. In this bear’s wanderings, she crossed onto the TransCanada Highway and was hit.”