Black bear killed in Garibaldi park after taking backpacks with food from backcountry site

Authorities killed a black bear Friday morning near a backcountry campground southwest of Whistler, B.C., after it snatched multiple backpacks from hangers B.C. Parks installed to keep food away from bears.

B.C. Conservation Officers euthanized the bear in Garibaldi Provincial Park‘s Taylor Meadows campsite, roughly 20 kilometres southwest of Whistler.

The black bear showed “behaviour determined to be too much of a public safety risk,” the province’s environment ministry said.

“Putting down any bear is an unfortunate outcome that we work so hard to prevent,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement. “The bear repeatedly accessed food bags from caches, returned to the campground numerous times and showed a minimal fear of people.

“Bears that

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