Jeanie, Whistler’s most famous bear, shot dead by conservation officer
Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 02:35 PM EDT
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A file photograph of Jeanie the black bear from 2001.
By Sean Sullivan
VANCOUVER—The most famous bear in Whistler, B.C., is dead after being shot by a conservation officer.
Jeanie the black bear, known for a triangle-shaped patch of white fur on her chest, a camera-friendly personality and an astonishing number of cubs in her 20-some years at the ski resort community, was killed on Friday after weeks of escalating conflicts.
“We’ve managed this bear for quite a long time, but the type of conflict she and her cub were engaging in most recently was definitely a threat to public safety and beyond reasonable limits,” Insp. Chris Doyle of the BC Conservation Officer Service said.
Jeanie was shot after being caught in a trap and tranquilized, Doyle said. Her cub has been sent to an orphaned wildlife rehabilitation centre in Langley, B.C.