Video shows close up encounter as man feeds adult bear rice cakes.
“You want another one there bud?” are some of the words heard on a video recording of a man feeding a bear along Highway 4 near Ucluelet.
It is video the BC Conservation Officer Service is calling disappointing and alarming.
A man is seen just off camera feeding rice cakes to a black bear near the roadside ditch, not from inside his vehicle.
“That bear could have charged, could have made contact with them, could have hurt them, could have pushed them into traffic” said Constable Daniel Eichstadter of the BC Conservation Officer Service.
Passing traffic even honks at the group of two or three people heard on the recording, possibly as a warning to how dangerous it is.
But Conservation Officers say not only could the people have been hurt but now the bear’s days could be numbered as well.
“If that bear becomes habituated and conditioned and makes contact with with a human or acts aggressively then it may have to be euthanized” said Eichstadter.
He says it happened on Highway 4 near Kennedy Lake.
The group took several photos as well, some showing more than one bear although it can not be confirmed if it was at the same time.
The pictures and video were posted to a Facebook site May 3rd called Vancouver Wildlife but the video was taken down today.
The video was anonymously sent to Conservation officers.
The owner of the Facebook page did not respond to a request by CHEK News for an interview.
“It’s extremely dangerous. Not only are you putting yourself at risk of maybe that bear expecting more food from you and and trying to take it but somebody who inadvertently stops later and the bear expects food from them because the bear is now habituated” added Eichstadter.
Conservation officers hope to prosecute the people behind this video and hope it stops other people from doing the same thing.