On Sept. 13, two frightened bear cubs ran into my backyard off of 12th Avenue, followed by two police cars in my driveway, one blocking off my street, another in the parking lot of the home behind our house, and two conservation officers.
I witnessed both of these cubs being shot in my yard as the police told me to get inside or I could be arrested for obstructing justice.
My question is: what justice was being done to these animals?
This is not the fault of the Conservation Officer who had to pull the trigger on these two cubs and their mother.
It is the residents of the communities surrounding 11th and 12th avenues who don’t clean up after themselves who are to blame.
Apples and berries, lie rotten on the ground — a perfect meal for bears.
By not picking the fruit in their yards residents are inviting wildlife into our neighborhood and the animals are the ones suffering the consequences.
I urge residents to start paying attention and pick up the fruit laying all over yards.
If residents can’t accept the responsibility to keep this community (including its wildlife) safe, then maybe they should have those trees removed from their property.