On Friday, a bear that was visiting people’s backyards in Copper Ridge was shot.
The brown-coloured black bear was spotted several times last week rooting through garbage cans and wandering near the greenbelt area.
Late Friday night, a conservation officer was called to a home after a resident saw the bear in their backyard.
When the officer approached, the bear wandered into the greenbelt.
But 20 feet into the bush, the bear turned around and started closing in on the conservation officer.
“The officer deemed it a dangerous situation and he shot,” said senior conservation officer Ryan Hennings.
The bear was likely in Copper Ridge to stock up on easily-accessible food before hibernating.
Conservation officers set a live bear trap in the Copper Ridge area, but the bear didn’t take the bait.
“We try to relocate as many bears as we can depending on the situation,” said Hennings.
“Usually (shooting a bear) is the last option – but it does occur.”