A black bear that was seen on Renz Road, Newcastle Avenue and Nanoose Avenue on Thursday morning. This photo was posted by Leslie Walker on Facebook’s Swap/Trade/Share Group to warn the public of the bear. — Leslie Walker photo

Bear seen near Ballenas school put down

A black bear and cougar hanging around schools in Parksville Qualicum Beach Thursday morning were tranquilized and then had to be put down.

A bear was seen near Ballenas Secondary School. The bruin surprised Parksville resident Rob Anaka at approximately 10 a.m. while he was working on his computer. He lives on Newcastle Avenue.

“He was 10 feet away from me with only the screen door protecting me,” said Anaka. “It was a little nerve-wracking. I heard scrapping on my fence and I thought it was my neighbour’s cat coming in to chase my hummingbirds. I went to the back door and ‘that’s not a cat.’”

The bear got scared and climbed up Anaka’s neighbour’s tree. Anaka said he stayed up there for a while until the RCMP and Conservation Officers came.

“They tranquilized it first and then the convervation officer checked it for tags,” said Anaka. “It was already tagged. They then had to make a decision. The poor guy had to be put down because he is a four-time offender. The conservation officer said it has come back so many times that they just couldn’t allow it to keep coming back. It was not good for him to be in the city.”

According to the RCMP, the bear was already relocated 500 kilometres away from Parksville Qualicum Beach and still managed to find its way back.

Ballenas Secondary was warned about the bear in the area. Principal Rudy Terpstra advised students not to go outdoors until the bear has been captured.

Anaka said that the bear was not the only one that the conservation officers tranquilized that day.

“My neighbour saw at the back of their truck a cougar that I was told was also seen in the area,” said Anaka. “A bear and cougar at the same time. It’s scary.”

The cougar, according to the RCMP, was spotted near Qualicum Beach Elementary School. Dogs were used to track down the animal and was discovered up a tree near the school. It was tranquilized and also had to be put down.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has reported that in June there were 74 black bears destroyed, compared to 103 during the same time last year, and 66 killed in May compared to 119 in 2017.

Just Posted

Book exchange box destroyed by fire in Parksville Community Park

Second time in less than a year box has been vandalized

Community votes requested for Parksville’s 2019 sand sculpting theme

Three choices for annual 2019 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition

Next Parksville OrganWORX concert is back from outer space on Feb. 3

Bob McDonald hopes to provide grander view of the world in science talk/musical performance

Qualicum’s interim superintendent to continue on through April 30

SD69 awaits Rollie Koop’s return from medical leave

Support pours in for Bowser couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

Cherry Creek firefighters mourn former deputy chief

Brian Brick is the second Alberni Valley firefighter to die of work-related cancer in January

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Most Read