CORMORANT ISLAND, British Columbia, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Conservation officers in Canada captured and relocated a pair of grizzly bears found in an island near British Columbia.
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service shared photos of the two grizzly bears found near Alert Bay on Cormorant Island after officers created a special lure to trap the pair.
“We know that the bears had been very interested in the plum trees on the island, and it’s my understanding that B.C. Conservation added plums to the bait in the traps, so it was a combination of beaver, bacon and plums,” Alert Bay chief administrative officer Justin Beadle told the CBC about the capture.
Officials believe the bears swam to the island from the mainland prompting residents to keep their children inside and remove any outdoor fruit near their homes.
Both bears were immobilized and tagged before being flown back to the mainland by helicopter.