Province Looking into Possible Grizzly Attacks on Livestock Near Waterton
LETHBRIDGE: Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating complaints from cattle producers between Pincher Creek and Waterton, who say they've lost several calves this spring to grizzly bears.
Provincial spokesperson Brendan Cox stated that before any action is taken they want to confirm that the bears are killing the calves, and not just scavenging the animals after they died of other causes.
Cox noted that should they get confirmation they do have a few options to deal with the issue, "Depending on the nature of the situation, a range of options can be considered. It might involve leaving the bear where it is or relocating the bear within its home range, or relocating the bear outside of its home range. So many things are considered before relocating the bear, including its chance of survival."
Cox also discussed one theory as to why grizzly bears might be attacking livestock, "It was kind of a slow spring thaw, I mean it's pretty warm right now but there was a lot of snow in the area before. Usually the bears are looking to eat all the different kinds of vegetation that are coming out this time of year, since it was kind of a slow thaw and there's not as much vegetation, they're turning to other food sources."
Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 3/8/2014 3:58:45 PM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News------Photo: Ranch land between Pincher Creek and Waterton