Codiac RCMP shoot small bear shot in downtown MonctonDNR officials deemed it a safety hazard
CBC News June 14, 2012http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/06/14/nb-bear-moncton-shot-john.html
A small black bear was shot in downtown Moncton Wednesday night by Department of Natural Resources officials.
The bear, which was about the size of a German Shepherd, was deemed to be a safety hazard to the residential neighbourhood, said spokeswoman Anne Bull.
But some area residents are questioning whether the animal needed to be killed.
Conservation officers arrived at 210 John St., about 10 p.m., where a small crowd of people had gathered behind the office building to watch the bear.
"At first it was just a bunch of flashlights going through the lot and they seemed to be focused on one area,â€ť said Susan Lirette, who lives nearby.
â€śThen we saw a police officer get his rifle out of the car; I guess his shotgun. And shortly after, there was a shot,â€ť she said.
The decision of what action to take is at the discretion of the DNR officer at the scene.
"The first option is always to chase the bear back into the woods,â€ť said Bull.
â€śBut in this case, it was surrounded by highways, houses and buildings,â€ť she said. "And when bears are cornered, they tend to become vicious.