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B.C. First Nation fears roaming grizzly bear will attack

07/03/2013 10:43 EDT | Updated 09/02/2013 05:12 EDT
A First Nation in northern B.C. is threatening to take matters into its own hands if something isn't done about a grizzly bear in the community.

For over a week, the mother grizzly and her cub have been spotted roaming through backyards and smoke houses on the Haisla Nation reserve near Kitimat.

"The bears are so close that people on the back porches can basically throw a rock and hit these bears,” said Haisla Chief Coun. Ellis Ross.

He says residents are afraid it will only be a matter of time before an attack.

"We have a lot of children in our village. You know, a lot of elderly people, and for them to walk by and see a grizzly bear with a cub ... I mean, one of the most dangerous animals in the wilderness is any animal with a cub,” Ross said.

“Motherly instincts are basically some of the most dangerous stuff out there in the nature. Everybody knows that."

Ross says conservation officers say nothing can be done unless there's damage to property or an attack.

"Which is frickin' crazy. Anybody that knows bears, knows how dangerous this situation is,” he said. “But in my opinion, if this was an urban community, a non-native setting, something would have been done long ago.”

If conservation officers don’t take action, Ross says the community will be forced to act and the bear could be shot.

Calls by CBC News to the B.C. Conservation Office were not returned.

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