Young bear tranquilized after five-hour chase through city’s southeast
krista sylvester/for metro calgary
There was trouble bruin in the southeast yesterday as a young black bear led police and fish and wildlife officers on a five-hour chase.
The one-year old cub took a posse of pursuers, including a police helicopter, from the wilds of Fish Creek Provincial Park through the neighbourhoods of Parkland and Bonavista after it emerged for an albeit brief taste of big city life.
Conservation officers, with the aid of Calgary Police, finally cornered and tranquilized the curious bruin about 2:30 p.m. in a backyard in Bonavista after the animal ran into a fence at 12743 Bonaventure Dr.
Homeowner Peter Cavanaugh said he wasn’t sure what to think when he saw cops and conservation officers descend on his property.
“There were police officers with rifles running through my back yard and I tried to open the door but they told me to get back in the house,” Cavanaugh told Metro.
“Next thing I saw was a bear run through my fence. I was scared it was an invasion or something — not a bear.”
The hunt for the bear began early yesterday morning, when officials received several reports of it running loose in Fish Creek Park and police used a helicopter to help track the animal.
Fish and wildlife officer Phil Murasco said the bear was quietly ambling around the neighbourhoods, but never showed any signs of hostility towards anyone.
“He was just a little cub who lost his way. He never showed any signs of aggression and was actually steering away from humans and pets. He was just being curious and looking around the neighbourhood,” Murasco said.
Insp. Michael Watterston said while he wasn’t sure where officials were taking the animal, he said it would likely be transported back out of the city.
“The bear never showed signs of aggression so I think they would just take him back into the country and leave him somewhere safe. The bear never caused any problems.”