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Surrey Bear Hunt After Goat, Llama Attacked

06/09/2013 07:56 EDT | Updated 08/09/2013 05:12 EDT
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Conservation officers are on the hunt for a hungry, injured bear in Surrey after it attacked a llama and killed a goat on two separate properties.

A resident then shot it in the shoulder with a rifle, and officials believe it's now hiding in the area of 176th and 92nd Ave, where it was first spotted on Friday.

Conservation officer Jack Trudgian says the bear will have to be put down once it's caught because it has attacked livestock.

"This bear has got away from its natural food source, it's killed livestock, it's getting into other types of unnatural food," said Trudgian.

"It's also wounded, so if we catch this bear, due to public safety, it will be destroyed," he added.

Officers have placed traps to try and lure the bear.

Trudgian recommends residents not shoot at wildlife, but rather phone the conservation service instead.

Last week, several bears were spotted rummaging through garbage cans in the Cariboo Heights area near the Burnaby-New Westminster border.

- Bears spotted in residential Burnaby neighbourhood

Meanwhile, a Maple Ridge resident video taped a bear standing on its hind legs breaking into a pickup truck.

- Bear caught opening truck door on video

Conservation officers say residents should take extra caution not to leave food out or garbage bins accessible now that it's bear season.

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