Thoughts

You Killed a Bear

Garibaldi Lake

Dear Garibaldi Lake Hikers and Campers:

Yesterday, you killed a bear.

You have been coming up to the lake for weeks this summer. You leave trash beside the lake and on the trail. You drop food on the ground and leave it there. You cook in your campsite. You leave spills on the picnic tables. You abandon leftover food and garbage in the kitchen shelters. You sleep with food and toiletries in your tent. You leave your backpack and snacks unattended while you take photos.

Garibaldi Lake

If you’ve enjoyed this view in the last few weeks, you killed a bear.

 

A couple weeks ago a juvenile bear wandered into the Garibaldi Lake campground. It was hungry and alone, likely spending its first season without Mom. The bear was scared of the people in the campground, but it smelled your garbage, your dropped food, your careless mess and it couldn’t resist. The rangers chased the bear away, put up signs warning there was a bear in the area and tried to talk to you about cleaning up, not cooking in your campsite, and storing your food in the shelters.

But you didn’t listen. You kept making a mess. You kept leaving your garbage on the ground and in the shelter. You kept cooking in your campsite. You kept storing food in your tent and in your backpack.  And the bear still couldn’t resist. It was hungry and alone. And it kept coming back.

Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny summer day at Garibaldi Lake. There were hundreds of day hikers and backpackers at the campground enjoying the view, taking photos, and eating lunch. And in the afternoon, despite all those people, the bear could not resist coming through the campground to look for something to eat. The bear was no longer scared of people.

The rangers chased the bear away again but they knew it would be back. The bear had learned that you weren’t scary and that you would continue to leave food and garbage out for it. Eventually, the bear might have attacked a hiker or ripped open a tent with sleeping campers inside. The rangers knew they only had one option: The bear was sentenced to death. And on Sunday morning a BC Conservation Officer flew into the campground by helicopter.

You killed that bear. Maybe you thought you were just on a camping trip or going for a hike. But in the process, you also killed a bear.

If you don’t want to kill any more bears, please read up on bear safety.

BC Parks Bear Safety Guidelines

BearSmart.com

Parks Canada Camping in Bear Country Guidelines

 

In memory of this lonely and hungry little bear, please consider sharing this post with your fellow hikers using the social media share buttons below. Let’s get the word out about bear safety.

 

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98 Comments

  • Reply
    Trisha Bunn
    August 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    This literally breaks my heart.
    Humans really have to have a good look at themselves, and work with nature and the habitat surrounding them.
    Many human beings don’t care, and they should. This is about an innocent young bear that never should have died…because people were careless and uncaring.

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      Maxime Caffarel
      August 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

      They should’ve just closed down the campsite entirely instead of killing the bear. That would’ve also solved the problem..

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        David
        August 10, 2016 at 3:22 am

        Not necessarily. It’s more than the location that the bear associates with food. It’s the people. That makes it more likely to approach people wherever it ranges (and bears range a long way).

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        KT
        August 10, 2016 at 8:15 am

        Agreed, Maxime!

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        Michele Brissette
        August 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

        Unfortunately that wouldn’t work. The bear is now unafraid of people and equates humans and campgrounds with food. He/she will remember that later this season and again in the spring. It’s also probable that a relocation wouldn’t work either. The bear will just make it’s way to people again. There just isn’t a location far away enough from people – bears can have huge ranges that almost always include or abut on human settlements.

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          Colin
          August 10, 2016 at 10:07 pm

          The point is to set precedence on people. It’s a privilege not a right to use provincial parks. And if people can’t understand the simple rules of the park they should all be kicked out in order to preserve the safety of both people and animals.

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        Athena Toth
        August 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        I agree. Why should the bear pay for human stupidity? The logic here is the same logic used by comic book villains; “You killed him because you gave me no choice but to pull the trigger. Clearly your fault that I shot him dead!”. Lots of things could be done: Close the campsite? Impose hefty fines on idiots? Require a license to camp in parks? Stage some fake bear attacks until people get the picture??

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    Justin
    August 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Sad, lot of city ppl become hipsters when living off the grid or doing cultural things…getting fancy stuff, not caring for what is around them, other then to take pictures etc. Maybe measures shld take place, like finds for being shitty, ignorant campers

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    Darryl
    August 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I started hiking up there in my early 20s there has always been bears there but we took caution back than remember pack it in pack it out leave only footprints

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    Robert
    August 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

    What a ridiculous statement = ” If you’ve enjoyed this view in the last few weeks, you killed a bear. “

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      Robert S. Ego
      August 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

      How very #whitelivesmatter of you. Show some tact.

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      Graham
      August 10, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Obviously, you have trouble comprehending the English Language! Sounds like you’re quite self-centered too – a typical city slob!

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      Lori
      August 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Missed the point, didn’t you ?

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    Doug
    August 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Very sad. Bear safety is everyone’s responsibility. I can’t find a news story about this, was it reported anywhere?

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    kenneth bruce
    August 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

    stay out of their habitat

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    Joe
    August 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

    How is that called conservation? RelocAte that bear don’t kill it …

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      Xtine
      August 10, 2016 at 12:23 am

      If its anything like the cougars on vancouver island, they dont have the funding to relocate and risk the bear being relocated onto another males territory. In which case, would also end horribly for the poor thing. Thry should just punish the campers and shut the park down for the rest of the season. Put up a big fat sign as to why its closed and inform people of their actions. (be them intentional or not)

      • Reply
        Colleen
        August 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        Exactly

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      Anitra Paris
      August 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Although I completely agree with not killing the bear and relocation is better. The problem is humans in the first place. If the garbage and food is better managed the bear wouldn’t be continuously attracted and then use to humans, highly habitualized bears are considered dangerous. Humans are the problem, we need to change not just move the bears around.

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      Amy
      August 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Have you read any statistics on relocation? It has an 80% failure rate. I work for BC Parks and I can’t tell you how infuriating these cases are. Relocation isn’t the answer, people being less moronic is.

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    Pete
    August 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Great article, well written. Sad isnt it. People that leave garbage behind while out enjoying the very mother nature they came to see are the ones ruining it for everyone else. Until our judicial system changes and we start electing our judges, posing major harsh fines and penalties, i fear nothing will ever change. Never leave food! Never ever leave behind your trash, because if you do, you become a human that is no greater than the pieces of trash you so carelessly left behind.

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    Reenbean
    August 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for sharing this story….. It is so sad and the situation is spreading across many of the beautiful hiking areas in BC. Trails that are becoming more accessible are hotspots for weekend warriors who have yet to learn to leave no trace. I was at Garabali two months ago and was shocked to see how disrespectful some trail users are. I even saw feminine hygiene products tossed in the bushes.
    ****Please people, pack it in, pack it out. Let’s keep our wildlife and future trail users safe.****

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    Pokemon Go fuck yourself
    August 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    This comes as no surprise. Garibaldi Lake is ground zero for self-absorbed city dwellers who want to talk about how outdoorsy they are and need scenic photos for their facebook feeds. I wonder if they even looked away from their phone long enough to notice the scenery.

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      Robert S. Ego
      August 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Us versus them? No, it’s people versus the wild. Plenty of people of all different classes commit the same crimes in nature. This false dichotomy you employ is irrational and exposes the intense biases you hold.

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      Take it easy
      August 12, 2016 at 12:55 am

      There’s nothing wrong with the park, or “city-dwellers” getting out to enjoy nature. Enjoying nature is the whole point of trails, campgrounds etc.. The problem is that all people who use these trails need to understand, *and obey* the idea of not leaving a trace. It’s pretty basic: stay on the trails (don’t erode more land), *never* feed the wildlife, don’t leave any waste behind (garbage or otherwise — if needed follow the LNT methods), keep food in canisters away from tents if staying overnight etc. These are the consequences for not doing so.

      I was in Yosemite recently, and everyone there *had* to have bear canisters to be staying overnight in the back-country. Huge fines if you don’t. If you leave anything in your car and a bear rips into it to get it, you’re car is destroyed and you get a fine… :).

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    Corner
    August 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I think “you” isn’t the right word. There are tons of respectful hikers and campers that really do everything properly. Generalizing like that isn’t correct. I do agree but please don’t target everyone, when it isn’t. Rip tho bear.

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      frank Gulino
      August 10, 2016 at 7:39 am

      No , the collective YOU is correct. Did YOU try to educate those who you saw being irresponsible. Did YOU try to clean up after them. , did it . No one said you, Corner, dit it. But WE are all responsible. The “I DIDN’T DO IT.” isn’t going to bring that bear back or save more wildlife. We all share in the consequences of what humans are doing.

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      Michele Brissette
      August 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

      “You” might not be entirely correct but it really puts the reader there and is effective at getting peoples’ attention. “You” creates an emotional impact on the reader, if the reader has any empathy at all for wildlife.

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    Jon
    August 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    This is so sad – it really breaks my heart.

    Perhaps a handful of changes need to be made to our busier campgrounds.
    I was in Tahoe once – a bear got into our bear locker, and spent the night eating all of our food. I spent most of the night watching it from the car, as thankfully the headlights were pointed basically right it.

    Anyway – the next morning, a park ranger came by and wrote us a $300 ticket (American!!), for our perceived carelessness. (Luckily for us, it was discovered that the locker was actually faulty, and so the ticket was waived).

    But – it’s not a bad system – bear lockers, and if you’re still irresponsible, a fine. I’m not huge on control through punitive measures, but for grounds as busy as Garibaldi, it might be a good idea. Plus, the fines could be put back into the park, and hopefully another tragedy like this can be avoided.

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    Courtney Tennant
    August 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    It blows my mind that people STILL can’t grasp these concepts. Would you come into someone else’s home and just leave your crap everywhere? Didn’t think so… So why is it any different that we come into the wild and treat it like our own personal dumping ground? I’ve had people laugh at me for following wildlife protocol, calling me “paranoid” and telling me that a bear can’t smell food through a measly stuff sack. At times like these I just want to smack them with a large tree branch and ask them, “Are you really that blindly ignorant and oblivious?”

    It pains me that these beautiful places are so now becoming so easily accessible by the (mostly) careless masses, because it doesn’t bode well for any aspect of the environment, and the few hikers who truly do follow proper wildlife protocol are left angry and confused.

    I get that we have an incredibly gorgeous country here, and that we like to advertise Canada’s beauty to promote tourism, but it won’t stay that way forever if we continue to abuse it.

    End rant… Wonderful article… Thank you for writing it. I will be sharing it.

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      Michele Brissette
      August 10, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Absolutely! So called common sense isn’t very common so those of us who follow proper protocols have to keep pounding it into those peoplec’s heads.

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    Max M
    August 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Wouldn’t an alternative have been to tranquilize and relocate, as they commonly do with bears on Whistler/Blackcomb that get too close? I watched them tranq a bear at the base of the Blackcomb gondola and they said they just relocated him to a less populated valley. Why wouldn’t this be an option here?

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      Taryn Eyton
      August 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Max. The decision about whether to relocate or euthanize the bear was made by the Conservation Officers and they haven’t said why they made that decision. However, I have read that relocating bears has a low rate of success so perhaps that is a factor http://www.bearsmart.com/managing-bears/relocation/

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        Sean Anderson
        August 9, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        Might have to do with no road access to the campground. It’s “easy” to move a bear by truck.

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        Ryan B
        August 10, 2016 at 1:52 am

        WB would be more concerned about optics than effectiveness in that situation. Conservation staff have to be more pragmatic.

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        David
        August 10, 2016 at 3:25 am

        [I’m not a conservation officer, but from what I understand…] The key is that bears can associate the people with food, not (just) the places. And because bear home ranges are so large, the chances of a relocated bear coming into contact with people somewhere else is high. Never an easy decision, I’m sure.

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      Anonymous
      August 12, 2016 at 1:04 am

      Sometimes they can do it, sometimes they can’t. It depends on many factors, and I’m sure this was done as a last resort; if relocation were a viable option, it would have been tried.

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    Tracy landsley
    August 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I think that in the long term interest of the human population it might be fair at this point to consider letting the bears just do what they do once being habituated to human foods. Since certain campers/visitors to these areas show such complete disdain for the well being of the wild creatures that inhabit our forests, it’s time the bears get a fair crack at reasoning with the ones responsible for their demise. The seasoned campers should know better than to camp in these areas, for the most part and yes, someone will get hurt, eventually. Maybe that’s a good thing and moving in the right direction once eyes are truly opened. I’m just so tired and pained at hearing about the dumb-ass actions of lazy, unscrupulous humans.

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      Anonymous
      August 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Your comment is a little insane. The bear doesn’t differentiate between the ignorant campers that left the food behind, and the following group that could be doing everything right. The bear will remember something like “Red Tent=Food”, and start going after red tents all over the park. It’s sad, but if some kid who did nothing wrong, gets hurt/killed, how would you feel?

      That said, I’ve never camped at Garibaldi (I’ve always done it and black tusk/panaroma ridge as day hikes) but the grounds are legitimate campgrounds. People are allowed there. I am not entirely surprised that people are cooking near their tents, not storing food away from camp in cannisters, leaving scraps, leaving garbage etc.. It’s a popular area, and reasonably accessible.

      The solution is to better educate/enforce hikers and campers before they get to the backcountry. This may mean more funding for parks/services so that we can hire more rangers, and creating stricter laws against folks that feed wildlife, litter or leave food/smellies outside of canisters at night. If you don’t know how to deal with nature, you shouldn’t be allowed in until you do. If you don’t respect the rules, you shouldn’t be allowed to stay.

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    Rhonda
    August 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I saw that bear, on the Thursday, on the lakeside path right next to the campsite. We were right to be worried for its safety. Pretty sure it was in the campsite at some point Thursday during the day, because one of the tents in my group (none of which had any food in them!) was thoroughly trampled when we got back from our day hike.

    I also saw the garbage abandoned in the cook shelters, food stored in plastic grocery bags, and people feeding small animals. (But only the cute ones intentionally. The rats in the cook shelter stole from the plastic grocery bags.) The scenery was gorgeous, and the company was infuriating. I think we saw two parties other than us who looked like they knew about backcountry at all.

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      Llew
      August 10, 2016 at 6:23 am

      YOU KILLED THE BEAR!

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    Stephanie malaspina
    August 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Mine too. The poor bear died because people are slobs. It’s tragic. Stay home and stuff your face. Do not be responsible for a other bears death.

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    Dave
    August 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    While I understand the sentiment, and agree with most of this, I’m curious about your repeated statement: “You cooked in your campsite.” Forgive my ignorance, but is cooking in a campsite not allowed there? What are the alternatives? I understand the need to be bear safe, for both human protection and the protection of bears, but if one cannot cook in their campsite, where can they cook? Or are you suggesting that people shouldn’t cook food when camping and only resort to cold food?

    I’m not trying to be rude, I’m merely inquiring. 🙂

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      Taryn Eyton
      August 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Dave. This incident happened at Garibaldi Lake, which is a hike in campground. At drive-in campgrounds you are right – there is usually no other place to cook except in your campsite. Drive-in campgrounds have lots of people, cars, roads, etc. and usually have a lower risk of bear activity. But hike-in campgrounds like the one at Garibaldi Lake can have a higher risk of bear activity so different bear safety procedures need to be followed. At hike-in campgrounds you should cook and store your food about 100 meters away from where you sleep. At Garibaldi Lake there are four kitchen shelters for cooking food as well as several outdoor picnic tables located away from the campsites – some of the campers were not using these designated cooking facilities and instead were cooking bacon next to their tents.

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        Dave
        August 10, 2016 at 10:57 am

        Wonderful. Thank you so much for clarifying this. I figured there was a reason for your use of the term “cooking your food” but, as I mentioned, am not familiar with this campsite so I appreciate you shedding light on the typical procedures of food preparation.

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        Martine Dubuc
        August 11, 2016 at 11:05 am

        One should never cook near their tent, regardless of the facilities – car camping or backcountry. The smell of cooked food gets onto the tent fabric and will draw hungry critters.

        Nor should people leave behind food scraps thinking animals will eat it. Well duh, of course they will eat. The other day at Brohm Lake (in Squamish, BC), some moron left watermelon rinds all over the place. This only invites wildlife and people conflicts. 🙁

        Think like a hungry animal and hopefully change one’s ways 🙂

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    JD
    August 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I agree with the sentiment of your post, but you come off as superior to others. I have visited this, and other of our beautiful lakes, many times, and always demonstrate safe bear/food/environment/respect for nature practices, and yet I still felt attacked in this post. I wish you would have said “WE killed a bear”, and share the brunt of the blame with humans, versus pointing a finger.

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      Phil
      August 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      But Taryn’s a LNT trainer and never does anything wrong. She clearly has no part in anything that goes wrong outdoors.

      Taryn, instead of wasting time complaining about how you don’t like others leaving a mess and attracting animals along heavily populated trails, maybe it’s time for you to get off the beaten path and find less popular areas to explore? You’re beating a dead horse. Loads of social media accounts, yours included, attract inexperienced people into the outdoors. You’ve helped create the problem and now you’re upset about it?

      You’re a true hypocrite.

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    Kim Benson
    August 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    camper’s should not get a second chance! If the ranger comes across a camper that has not followed the rules then he or she should kick them out!

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      Michele Brissette
      August 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I agree! Great idea!

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    Pamela Simmons
    August 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    This is NOT meant to be sarcastic…I feel horrible about that poor animal. We leave no traces when we camp, though we don’t camp near here…many times, we carry out trash found that was left by others. I do need to know- where is one supposed to cook when camping? The article says not to cook in your campsite…When we camp, there is NO other means of food, unless we find a site that has a small cabin- then we cook in there- is that what is meant? Thank you for reminding us, that we are to share with nature- in order to enjoy nature.

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      Taryn Eyton
      August 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Pamela. This incident happened at Garibaldi Lake, which is a hike in campground. At drive-in campgrounds you are right – there is usually no other place to cook except in your campsite. Drive-in campgrounds have lots of people, cars, roads, etc. and usually have a lower risk of bear activity. But hike-in campgrounds like the one at Garibaldi Lake can have a higher risk of bear activity so different bear safety procedures need to be followed. At hike-in campgrounds you should cook and store your food about 100 meters away from where you sleep. At Garibaldi Lake there are four kitchen shelters for cooking food as well as several outdoor picnic tables located away from the campsites – some of the campers were not using these designated cooking facilities and instead were cooking bacon next to their tents.

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      Martine Dubuc
      August 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Hello Pamela,
      Another good practice is to cook a fair distance away from your tent. Keeps food smells away from your sleeping area. Hang food, pots, dishes, etc a fair distance from the tent too 🙂

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    Kate
    August 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This article suggests all people are to blame. Please take consideration for those who do clean up after themselves- rather then placing absolute blame.

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    Ann
    August 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    This is truly heartbreaking. But why caption the photo, “If you enjoyed this view… you killed a bear?” Not every person who camps or day hikes is irresponsible. Carry on.

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    Diane Genest
    August 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    That is so sad…..Listen people respect wildlife…..Animals, plants, insects all living things deserves to live their life in safety too….We need to educate ourselves….Don’t be ignorant to the wild…..Everything in this world balances everything out…RESPECT NATURE….

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    Ben
    August 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Everyone should follow the rules. But Bears can smell food even locked in cars. So even if everyone followed the rules, bears can still pose a threat.

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    Lynn Beck
    August 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    why did they relocate the bear

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      Lynn Beck
      August 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Why didn’t they relocate the bear

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    Luke
    August 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    shared.

    ignorance of some people truly have no bounds.

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    Brian
    August 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I was traveling through Manning park one time and we came around a corner and the traffic is stopped so we do too. I see two black bears on the other side of the highway and 2 morons from our side of the highway making their way across toward the bears with sandwiches in their hands attempting to feed the bears? We were all yelling at them to stop but no, something in their pea brained heads told them this was a good idea? A cop happened to come around the corner and stopped and yelled at them to stop, get back to their car and wait for him. He shooed the bears away and proceeded to rip up one side and down the other of these two morons! Simply put, the bears are minding their own business and two idiots could have been mauled, no fault of the bears and the bears end up shot? The two should have been charged with interfering with wildlife and fined heavily and then have it broadcast on the news and in the papers.

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      Michele Brissette
      August 10, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Holy Cow, what idiots! Thank goodness the officer was around.

      Aren’t the fines for feeding or attempting to feed wildlife in parks? I think officers/park rangers should not give warnings and issue tickets on the first offence. Hopefully that will get their attention. I agree that the fines need to hurt and fines should be indexed to inflation so legislative amendments aren’t required for every increase.

      Maybe the penalty should also include a full day course on back country and wildlife safety for which the violator has to pay the entire cost.

      A course like that might also help with human caused forest fires. I despise it when I see smokers flinging butts from windows or just leaving butts on the ground wherever they go. Maybe the courses could be offered to the general public with an incentive of a discount on campsite fees for a season or for x number of nights. Prevention and education is always better than enforcement.

      I believe a lot of campground spaces are booked and paid for online now. That would allow the site rental contract to have a charge if campers leave garbage or do not properly extinguish their campfire. It could be an automatic charge on their credit card for each violation.

      What do you all think?

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    Anne Ryan
    August 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I think its more like people are disconnected. We go on about education and science and blah , blah-but people need to be taught about this. There is SO much misinformation and not enough information. People are cut off from nature to their detriment and that of the other animals.

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    Nicola G
    August 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    This makes me so angry and sad. People who are self absorbed ignorant arseholes did this. Wake up and learn what it truly means to LEAVE NO TRACE

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    Brad
    August 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Pure, sanctimonious drivel. Now you and your readers can feel justified in your moral superiority, knowing you would NEVER endanger another animal out in the wild due to your careless judgement, like those stupid people that aren’t as backcountry savvy.

    Taryn, your social media goes out to 10’s of thousands of people who see how amazing being out in the wilderness can be. Clearly you encourage otherwise novice outdoorsmen and woman to try out this new lifestyle, and Garibaldi is going to be a primary destination for these individuals. Of course I don’t disagree with your dedication to getting more people out, however wildlife endangerment due to more humans interacting with the fringes of bear habitat is a natural result of this. You can minimize this danger with the promotion of bear safety, but this article is not that; it is instead a holier-than-thou rant written as virtue signalling to your in-group of knowledgeable wilderness enthusiasts.

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      Eric
      August 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      I would have guessed this was for click traffic. Pledging to LNT is great, but when when you’re in the business of ‘motivating’ others to get outdoors, what do you expect?

      Sorry Taryn, you seem nice, but this write up is super flakey.

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      Martine Dubuc
      August 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

      I have to disagree Brad. Many people simply do not think of how to conduct their business in the front, side or back country. Conflicts at popular campsites would be greatly reduced if people practiced food-smart procedures.

      We have backcountry camp in medium density grizzly country. Never seen one, never had an issue, not even with mice. We cook far from our tent location. We store our food, pots, dishes, etc far away too. No granola bars, no toothpaste, no other snack items are in the tent we we settle in for the night.

      Everywhere in the sea to sky region, one sees food scraps, garbage, etc left on trails, at popular view points, beaches, campsites (remote or in campgrounds). It is disgusting and comes down to sheer laziness. Pack it in. Pack it out. Simple.

      One should never cook near their tent, regardless of the facilities – car camping or backcountry. The smell of cooked food gets onto the tent fabric and will draw hungry critters.

      Nor should people leave behind food scraps thinking animals will eat it. Well duh, of course they will eat. The other day at Brohm Lake (in Squamish, BC), some moron left watermelon rinds all over the place. This only invites wildlife and people conflicts. 🙁

      Think like a hungry animal and change one’s ways 🙂

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    Gar
    August 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Campers should be heavily fined and prosecuted by the courts if they fail to secure their stuff and not clean up. Utterly arrogant imbeciles!

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    Korafan
    August 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    In Prince George in the 70s and 80s the Fish and Wildlife guys would put out a modified drum, with a trap door on the end, and some scented bait insid. This comfortably live trapped the bears that came into our neighborhood, and they were then transported into a remote area, and successfully released….. never to be a problem again. No bears were killed. There is no need for your kill policy. Bear bangers and shooting near bears, not at them, once released will also ensure they stay away. Under no conditions should the bears be befriended during transport, or fed, and it would be best if the cages are covered and the bears left alone during the journey.

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      Taryn Eyton
      August 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      From what I understand the rangers had been hazing this bear with bear bangers but it kept coming back. I’m not sure why the Conservation Officers chose to euthanize the bear rather than relocate it, but that is their decision.

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    flowerbear
    August 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    thank you, taryn, beautifully written, heart touching.

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    Diane Bresser-Brown
    August 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    yes people are so ignorant, only thinking of themselves, so much litter left behind everywhere it’s disgusting. who raised these people to be like this, so disrespectful of everyone’s back yard, two legged and four legged. you people that have caused this, need to be ashamed of yourselves! you could be the one person that nature takes care of, their way, so think next time you dropped litter, or disrespect mother nature!

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    Carlos V.
    August 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for the article, it sadness me that these are adults making the mess, they don’t need to be taught, they just don’t care, maybe they would care if the campground or park was closed to the public because of their carelessness

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    Grizly Bar
    August 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    The Bear did not have to die. They should let it eat some of those morons. Then it would not be hungry any more.

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    Cory
    August 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you for telling that story. It breaks my heart that this happens due to ignorance, selfishness, and disrespect.

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    Caroline
    August 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Great post – thanks for writing it. Many people just don’t/can’t seem to understand that we share our planet with other living species and that their well-being is as important as our own. When exactly we lost this knowledge/connection, I’m not sure, but all we can do is educate with articles like this. Very sad for the bear and sad for anyone who doesn’t understand why that is. I will share and hopefully many others will too. 🙂

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    Sara
    August 9, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Maybe your self righteous blaming didn’t come soon enough and YOU killed the bear? I get that you love the outdoors but looking at your track record, you’re not superior to the average hiker, though you seem to think you are.. I find that funny.

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    Zanzibar
    August 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

    You all killed a chicken……That had just as much right to live as the bear. I’m ashamed of humanity.

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    Herb Eaver
    August 10, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Bears aren’t endangered. They die regularly for all sorts reasons all over the world e’rry damn day.

    Get over it.

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    Debra Johnstone
    August 10, 2016 at 6:44 am

    better yet you pig campers…spend your free time in the malls or starbucks and leave the wilds to those who respect it.For Shame.

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    Jessie
    August 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Thank you for writing this. Beautiful tribute to the many that have been killed.

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    Roland Burton
    August 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I didn’t kill the bear. Garibaldi Park is full. Do not go there. The people running it are doing the best they can to deal with the demand for scenery and solitude. The solitude is all gone now. Thanks for writing this up. I was waiting for somebody from Parks to say it all, but I guess they are all too busy

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    Vancouver Man Wakes Up To Bear Outside His Tent (Video) - 604 Now
    August 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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    Richard
    August 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Nice post but it is a no win, I have driven off road for 100’s of Km, down tiny little ATV sized tracks and still found camp area’s full of garbage. It amazes me the amount of junk I end up trucking out that is not mine. Hike,Ride Drive it does not seem to matter. For some reason the stuff some people take in they feel needs to be left behind.

    As to relocating human habituated bears never change, they never learn to fear people and become a permanent hazards and are always a problem. The further out you go the more skittish the bears are, enough so that getting a picture can be difficult those are the bears I don’t worry about.

    I avoid well used/traveled places for both reasons less garbage and a lot less critter issues – less Moose and Elk who just don’t care about my little truck.

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    Michael C.
    August 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The killing of this young bear sickens me and makes me so sad. I’m middle aged now and have been hiking up there since my late teens. There used to be respect shown to the environment when cooking and packing out garbage when people left, and we never had a bear problem. Hikers and campers everywhere who make the messes should be shamed and be made to clean up their garbage.

    Oh, and Sara? The woman who wrote that pathetic message above? If you’re an example of young people today, the world is in a sorry state. Seek help at once.

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    Bernie
    August 10, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    The real problem is that the people you wish to address will not be reading this.

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    Steve Vanden-Eykel
    August 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hard to believe there are people so addled they actually care about ‘bear safety’. Believe me, there’s lots of ways to kill bears, and most of them are a lot of fun.

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    Ashika
    August 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    This was written with emotion and caused a lot of emotion. However if you want to see a change in people’s behaviour, there are LOADS of studies and research that prove negative reinforcement is the least effective way to do it. To get the behaviour you want out of ppl, positive reinforcement is the best way to go.

    I understand you don’t want idiots in your space, no one does. Unfortunately, I think an over the top article and some media coverage won’t fix the problem. We hear of search and rescue calls regularly through media, yet there are still ppl getting lost all the time in the same areas.

    For a smart person, you’ve made some drastic assumptions in your writing and that is beneath you. You know better than to openly ‘shame’ the public about a bear that wasn’t even euthanized to begin with.

    Next time, check your facts and do some research. Like I’ve said, if you want to see a change in ppl, negative reinforcement is not the way to go, which is exactly why leaders are trained to use positive reinforcement.

    I think the worst part is, the ppl you apparently tried to target through your post probably won’t be reading it. Which kind of makes me think this was written with the intent to simple sensationalize.

    Food for thought if you’re looking to take on a ‘leader’ role in the community.

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    SaunieInDiego
    August 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

    My puny heart is breaking

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    Leah
    August 11, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I will share in my networks. I was hiking at Joffre lakes last weekend and found the same thing.

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    Jen
    August 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

    So sad! Why cant people be more considerate. I find tp on trials all the time. A lot of girls never take the time to dig a hole or put it in a ziplock and carry it out. Nevermind food items. Food lockers are provided and people still don’t use them. Bear attacks happen. But no one thinks it’s going to happen to them. People should be conscience of what food items they bring as well. Heavily scented ones like peanut butter, fish items or salami may not be an ideal choices. Bears can smell from a great distance. Perfumes and doederants used are important as well. I’m certain you can last a day or 2 on something less attractive scent wise. I love this article. Glad it was written. Sad it had to be written. Poor bear.

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    Anton van Walraven
    August 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I am not surprised about this.
    I was up at the lake with my daughter on Thurdsday August 4th. Half way going down at around 4.30 pm, there were still droves of folks with big back packs, and clearly not experienced, going up. They were not going to make it before or be there very close to dark. Setting up camp and cooking in the dark. Remarkably uneducated and stupid behaviour. When we arrived at the parking at 10 to 6pm there was still a couple (with big back packs) getting ready to go up.
    I am sorry for this bear that had was killed because of people just not understanding what they are getting into. I would like the media to bring attention to this, instead of only reporting bear attacks, which most of the time are not understood what triggered them.

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      Anton van Walraven
      August 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      The ‘lake’ is Garibaldi lake and the ‘parking’ is the parking at the Garibaldi trailhead.

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      Lisa
      August 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      “… remarkedly uneducated and stupid behaviour… ” to describe people who leave for the lake late?!?! This makes me laugh. My 20 + years in the backcountry allows for me to leave later. A week before you were up there my husband and I got on the trail at 530 (after work). We were at the lake by 8, in the light, set up our camp, and ate our dinner in the shelter. We were in bed by 915, with our food stored in the shelter. Remarkedly uneducated and stupid, indeed! (Eyeroll). Your comment makes you sound self righteous and ignorant!

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    WCC
    August 18, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Does promulgating a ecologically conscious ethos have to involve this holier-than-thou-I-can-totally-cast-the-first-stone-because-I-am-without-sin attitude of contempt towards people not already on board? Are the people not on board going to read this blog, or is this blog actually part of the problem, because those of us who are troubled by bears being killed because of careless actions by humans get to feel like we have done something by reposting this and getting in on preaching to the choir, as opposed to pushing for more stringent enforcement of the rules regarding waste disposal by BC parks officials, going to the park and having potentially uncomfortable conversations with people that are contributing to the problem, or just organizing groups to go and clean up trash?

    If we don’t go to Garibaldi Lake regularly and clean up trash/inform campers/hikers, we killed this bear and will kill more, because we could have saved their lives, but didn’t want to make the effort.

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    Yolanda
    September 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I’m pretty late joining the conversation but felt a need to comment. It’s been a rather unprecedented year in my small rural community this year with Grizzlies and an unusual amount of black bear activity. The safety of the beautiful animals has had the community divided, as, for some reason, some people seem to forget that living at the base of an uninhabited mountain means we’re living in the bears country. Anyways, that is another topic. My thought on this topic is to wonder why there is not a Park Attendant that lives in the campground all season. I know that there is one at Kokanee Glacier during the season (they rotate 2 weeks on 2 weeks off). It would be nice to see this at all Provincial Parks in the remote camping areas. I think they could have huge rolls in educating people of best and safe practices and showing them the results of not following these practices. I’m going to try to be optimistic in this last statement that I think (hope) most people just truly do not understand the consequences of their actions and once they do understand they will do better in the future.

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