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06/25/2014 06:29 EDT | Updated 06/25/2014 06:59 EDT

Black Bear Killed In West Vancouver After Breaking Into Garage

A black bear was shot and killed in West Vancouver after breaking into a residential garage — and then returning to try it again.

The animal broke into the garage near the Capilano Golf and Country Club with another bear on Tuesday morning and began eating food from the freezer, CBC News said.

The homeowner's elderly mother reported the intruders, according to North Shore News. West Vancouver police used air horns to shoo the bears off the property, and conservation officers remained on the scene in case they returned.

Sure enough, later that day one of the bears — estimated to be four years old — came back as workers were repairing the broken door to the garage. A conservation officer shot and killed the animal, reported CBC. The other bear has not been seen since it was driven away.

Police told CKNW that food should not be stored outdoors if its smells can escape the space and doors aren't strong enough to keep the animals at bay.

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