British Columbia

Bear shot near Victoria's Gorge Waterway

Conservation officers shot and killed a black bear near downtown Victoria Sunday after it was spotted heading into town along the Gorge Waterway.

Conservation officers shot and killed a black bear near downtown Victoria Sunday after it was spotted heading into town along the Gorge Waterway.

Officers first started tracking the bear as it moved through parks and residential neighbourhoods and tried to use dogs to chase it up a tree where it could be tranquilized.

But when that failed, they decided to shoot it shortly after noon, according to officer Peter Pauwels.

"It was just standing a very thick patch of bush where we couldn't see it and it wasn't coming out and it wasn't going up a tree. We can't just leave it in this area — it's come way too far into town. So unfortunately I had to put the bear down," he said.

Pauwels estimated the bear was three or four years old.

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