Bear put down in Powell River unrelated to discovery of human remains: RCMP

Bear put down in Powell River unrelated to discovery of human remains: RCMP
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Black bear file photo.

BC Conservation shot a bear near Powell River this week in an area where human remains were discovered, however, RCMP say the two are not linked.

RCMP and the BC Coroner are investigating the discovery of human remains, and an RCMP spokesperson says the death is not suspicious.

The human remains were found in a remote area of Powell River.

“[B]ecause of the exposed nature of the remains, it appears that it was subject to wildlife scavengers,” Cpl. Alex BĂ©rubĂ©, spokesperson for the BC RCMP, said in an email statement to CHEK News.

On social media, some were saying the person was killed by a bear, but Bérubé says there is nothing to suggest this is true.

“Coincidently, a bear was shot by BC Conversation Service in the area,” BĂ©rubĂ© said. “But again, nothing suggesting that both incidents are linked.”

BC Conservation says it was called to the area for a black bear that had been linked to multiple reports of “aggressive and potentially predatory behaviour towards people.”

The bear was put down prior to the human remains being found.

Conservation officers are investigating whether an animal attack may have been involved, but say at this time there is no confirmation the incidents are linked.

On Wednesday, the City of Powell River announced that the Switchback Trail from the Wildwood Bridge to Gibsons Beach Road would be closed due to an aggressive bear in the area.

Conservation says the trail will remain closed while the investigation is underway.

If you encounter a bear, BC Conservation recommends you remain calm and do not try to run away or climb a tree, keep away from the bear, stay together with other people if possible, and watch the bear until it leaves.

The BC Coroner confirms it is investigating the human remains, but is unable to comment as the investigation is ongoing.

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