‘Furry intruder’: Video shows bear trying to claw its way out of B.C. garage

'Furry intruder': Video shows bear trying to claw its way out of B.C. garage

Video posted by RCMP shows a frustrated black bear trying to paw its way out of a garage in B.C. on Thursday.

Coquitlam RCMP says it was called to a home shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday for a report of a bear stuck in a garage.

Mounties say the bear entered the garage through an unlocked side door, but then wasn’t able to get itself out.

When officers arrived, they found the bear trying to claw its way out of the garage, with its paws and snout poking out of a hole it had made in the side of some wood paneling.

“Officers were able to help the furry intruder escape through a side door and back to living its best wild life,” said Coquitlam RCMP in a social media post.

Mounties say the bear bolted straight for a greenbelt nearby after the door was opened.

Watch the video taken by Coquitlam RCMP below:

Conservation officers set trap

The BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) says a trap has been set up to catch the bear, since there’s been a history of bear activity in the area.

Conservation officers say reports include bears accessing unsecure attracts, like garbage, which can pose an issue for both the animals and people/

“Bears that are conditioned to non-natural food sources, show a minimal fear of people, access dwellings or cause significant property damage, are not candidates for rehabilitation or relocation,” said the BCCOS in a statement Friday.

“Everyone has a role to play when it comes to securing attractants, such as garbage, pet food and birdseed. Please visit WildSafeBC for tips and resources.”

The conservation service says it will continue to monitor bear calls in the area to ensure people’s safety.

Mounties add that between May and September, police receive a spike in wildlife encounter reports.

People should make sure they’re locking up their bear attractants, such as garbage, barbecues, bird feeders or ripened fruit.

If you do encounter a bear, it’s best not to panic and to speak softly to it as you back away slowly.

“If you see a bear that is going about its regular bear business, such as walking through your yard, trails, or open park spaces, don’t panic. Leave it alone and do not cut off its escape path. It is normal for bears to roam through urban areas, especially as development encroaches on wild space,” reads the RCMP page on bear safety.


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