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Injured bear relocated from near Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam

It’s not known whether the injured bear is the same bruin that was reportedly struck with an arrow from a crossbow last week in Coquitlam.
A black bear that was injured in Coquitlam was deemed to be in good condition for relocation.| Getty Images/MLorenz photography

An injured bear was deemed to be in good enough condition to relocate.

However, it’s not known if the bear located by BC Conservation Officers this week is the same bruin that was reportedly shot with a crossbow at a rural property near Minnekhada Regional Park.

Conservation officers are continuing to investigate possible wildlife violations stemming from a report of someone shooting a bear with a crossbow near Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam.

But officials now say there is no danger to the public regarding an injured bear.

“The COS continues to investigate potential violations regarding an incident involving a black bear at a rural blueberry farm near Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam,” a spokesperson has confirmed.

Last Wednesday (June 14), someone reported to the BC Conservation Officer Service that a bear had been shot by a crossbow, leaving it injured.

However, a search for the bear, including the use of a drone, did not immediately locate the bruin.

Conservation officers now say they have since found an injured black bear but cannot confirm that it was the one injured with a weapon.

An assessment by a provincial wildlife veterinarian along with officers, determined the bear was suitable for relocation and it has been moved.

“At this time we cannot confirm if it was linked the blueberry farm investigation,” stated a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment.

No further details were provided as the investigation is ongoing.

“It would be inappropriate to comment,” the Tri-City News was told.

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