The Canadian Press
BANFF, Alta.–A feisty female grizzly that came too close to people too often has been moved far away from her stomping grounds in Banff National Park and the Canmore area to protect public safety.
Paul Frame, a provincial carnivore export, said “Bear 148” was tranquilized and relocated from her home range to the remote Kakwa Wildland Park in northwestern Alberta.
Frame said despite the best efforts of Alberta and Parks Canada staff to condition her to avoid humans, Bear 148 was approaching people daily, including a close call with a man near Canmore on Thursday.
“She did come within a metre of a jogger,” Frame noted yesterday.
“At the point, we decided any closer would result in contact,” he added.
“We are trying to prevent a tragedy from happening here.”
Bear 148 has gotten near people dozens of times since she was born in the Banff area six-and-a-half years ago.
This summer, the bear strayed onto a rugby field during a practice, charged a person walking with a stroller, and chased dogs out for a walk with their owners.
No one was ever hurt but the threat always was there.
“I would prefer to never be a metre from a bear coming towards me,” Frame said.
He added they hope Bear 148 will have cubs and thrive in her new home 700 km away in the wilderness.
“We wanted to move that bear as far away as we could get her from human habitation to give her the best chance.”