Update: Bear drops into homeless camp in Maple Ridge

Conservation officers shoot it out of tree

  • Sep. 15, 2017 10:25 a.m.

A bear caused a stir at the Anita Place Tent City in downtown Maple Ridge.

It was first noticed near the camp on 223rd Street, by St. Anne Avenue, by a construction worker at around 8:15 a.m. Friday.

“He took a little meander through the park and stopped,” said Joe Barkovich, who’s working on a house nearby.

A dump truck in the area scared the bear up a tree, inside the partially fenced homeless camp and above tents.

Contessa Avery, who lives at the camp, said the bear had been in the area eating plums when the dump truck came around a corner and may have hit it.

“One leg seems hurt,” she said.

Residents of the camp remained on the property while the bear was still in the tree, although the immediate area below was evacuated.

Conservation officers waited a while after arriving, then shot it out of a tree, needing two tranquilizer darts.

It took about half an hour for the darts to take effect before the bear fell out of the tree, into the tent city. Residents there helped load the bear into the conservation service pickup truck but it’s not known where it was taken. However, the bear wasn’t injured from the morning ordeal.

 

Just Posted

Giant brewing tanks make landfall in Chilliwack

Road closures coming as tanks continue journey to Molson Coors site.

RCMP renew call for info on girl who went missing 35 years ago

Plea sparked by National Missing Child Day

Fraser Valley MS Walk this Sunday in Chilliwack

Communities across the province taking part

Barn fire closes Yale Road in Chilliwack

Animals unharmed in smoky blaze

Chilliwack jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Buy a lotto ticket and be a hero to B.C. burn victims

The Hometown Heroes Lottery is offering up seven grand prizes including a home in Lake Country

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

B.C.’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

Suspected scammer attempts to use Black Press newspaper to dupe woman

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre offers tips after Langley resident received suspicious call

Vote points to abortion being legalized in Ireland

Voters asked whether to keep or repeal Eighth Amendment to Roman Catholic Ireland’s Constitution

COLUMN: Women’s breasts really aren’t that big a deal

A follow on some Princeton, B.C., students gained considerable exposure when they dropped their bras

Canadian soccer officials talk up World Cup bid at Champions League final

Current bid calls for 2026 World Cup games to be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Most Read