Police in Squamish say a black bear was killed along Highway 99 last week. It is the first reported bear to be killed on the Sea to Sky highway this season.

RCMP say the bear cub was hit on Highway 99 at Industrial Way in Squamish on May 2nd. Another cub that had survived was found at the scene and had become separated from it’s mother, which was also located at the scene. BC Conservation Officers along with police checked the surviving cub for injuries and when it was safe, released it back to it’s mother.

Squamish WildsafeBC reports mainly consistent bear sightings year over year for the last 4 years when it comes to numbers of calls they have received at this point in the year. Between January and April this year they received 21 reports of black bears in the District, up two from last year and down 17 from 2015. In 2014 there were also 21 reported sightings.

Residents are being reminded that bears are beginning to graze along Highway 99 between Squamish and Whistler. WildsafeBC Community Coordinator Vanessa Isnardy asks the public not to stop, for your safety and theirs.

Isnardy says one hot-spot this year is Garibaldi Highlands, and is asking residents to store garbage and compost in a secure area like a garage or shed if possible. Weekly collection of compost begins in mid-June.


Filed under: BC Conservation Officer Service, Bear, District of Squamish, RCMP, Sea to Sky, Squamish