Snow is melting, grass is growing and the conservation officers are awaiting the coming of the bears. Steve Michel, a Parks Canada wildlife conflict specialist, has not been bored.
He has been awake since early morning, babysitting the newly collared Bear 130, a mother grizzly surrounded by two crowing cubs. The bear tries to stand, wobbles and falls.
She’s been through quite the ordeal; tranquilized, weighed and fitted with a radio transmitter and GPS tracker that will record her movements at the edges of the park town. All of it happened on a bright day just metres from joggers, tourists and a herd of oblivious golfers.
Bear 130 was baited and caught after being spotted snacking on the greens of a 27-hole course. Like most, Bear 130 is dopy and mild. Mr. Michel keeps bear spray in the cup-holder of his truck and a shotgun in the back, just…
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