A resident of Campbell River, Joseph Young, came across the remains of small black bears discarded on the side of a logging road. (Submitted photo)

Remains of four black bears, possibly cubs, found near Campbell River

Conservation Officer Service is investigating the incident

Remains of four black bears were found discarded on a logging road near Campbell River last week, according to an eyewitness report.

Joseph Young, the Campbell River resident who came across the remains in the Willis Road area last week, said that the bears were skinned and the remains left near the side of the road, not very far from town.

The bears were possibly younger cubs based on their skeletal frame and size, said Young.

“Two of the bears measured a little above my knees, said Young and added that if they were indeed smaller bear cubs this incident could also signal poaching.

“The bears seemed undersized and under-aged and killing them could be illegal,” said Young.

In B.C. black bear hunting takes place over two seasons, spring and fall. In spring, between April to June 30, black bears are hunted and harvested for food.

But young said that even though it is hunting season, he suspects foul play, especially since the bears seem like under-aged cubs.

He also said that “no respectable hunter” would dispose of the remains of a bear like this along the side of the road.

Young called the Conservation Officers Services (COS) hotline to report the incident and was told that the COS had already received a complaint about the same incident on May 26. Young was told that there’s an investigation pending.

When contacted, a spokesperson from the ministry of environment, David Karn, also told the Mirror that the conservation officers are investigating the matter.

Another Campbell River resident who also came across the same carcass around the same time as Young , confirmed that the bears looked smaller, and the skull was almost the size of a small dog.

She said that over the past couple of years she has mostly come across smaller bear carcasses while on her “nature walks.”

Since more people including bikers were now using the trials more often, people have been witnessing these instances more often she said.

READ ALSO: ‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

READ ALSO: Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

bearsConservationEnvironment

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

MISSING: Victoria woman dubbed high-risk, last seen mid-June

Kristy Bolton is known to frequent the Rock Bay area

Victoria police beat the heat with a cool summer treat

Officers patrol Esquimalt and Vic West on bicycle as part of Summer Action Plan

RCMP cruiser damaged while responding to second of three Sidney crashes

Multiple crashes cause delays in both directions on Highway 17

Police use tear gas to apprehend Saanich woman threatening neighbours, police

Woman facing possible criminal charges after standoff with police

New space secured for Sooke homeless

The shelter will be ready for residents on July 20

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

RCMP seek man facing sexual assault charges

Police believe he may be living on central Vancouver Island but also has a history in the Cariboo region

Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

Planned federal spending to date on pandemic-related aid now tops about $174 billion

Sexologist likens face mask debate to condom debate: What can we learn from it?

Society’s approach to condom usage since the 1980s can be applied to face masks today, one expert says

Langford teens reunited with family after rescue near Chemainus

Friends spent night in missing truck, spotted by RCMP helicopter

Most Read