NEWMARKET, Ont. — After working through the morning Monday to contain a black bear roaming through Newmarket — about 50 kilometres north of Toronto — York Regional Police killed the animal as it climbed down a tree.
Police say they had “no other options” but to kill the bear, which had been cornered in a backyard in Newmarket.
The bear was in the London Road area of Newmarket. They’d been urging residents to stay away.
The officers were waiting for Ministry of Natural Resources staff. 680 News reports that the ministry showed up just minutes after the bear was shot.
“Officers do not have tranquilizers or other options for dealing with wildlife,” a representative for the force wrote on Twitter. “We could not let the bear harm a person while waiting for MNR.”
Police had received a call about a black bear in a backyard in Newmarket on Sunday morning.
There were also reports of a bear in another area of the town on Saturday.
Bear began coming down from a tree and became a risk to people in the area. Officers have shot the bear due to having no other options.— York Regional Police (@YRP) June 1, 2015
Officers do not have tranquilizers or other options for dealing with wildlife. We could not let the bear harm a person while waiting for MNR— York Regional Police (@YRP) June 1, 2015
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