Mounties Bust Pot-Guarding B.C. Black Bears
A “pack” of very well-fed and laid-back black bears recently greeted police officers while conducting a raid at a remote...
A “pack” of very well-fed and laid-back black bears recently greeted police officers while conducting a raid at a remote Canadian home.
From this story on AOL News:
Canadian police on a bust in the woods of British Columbia found more than drugs at one remote cabin. Cops in Christina Lake, a town of barely 1,500 year-round residents, were acting on an anonymous tip that a woman in the woods was up to something. When they arrived, they found $1 million worth of marijuana plants, but they weren’t the only ones on the scene. Police were shocked to discover at least 10 full-grown black bears wandering the property. One officer grabbed a shotgun, fearing for his safety. To the officers’ surprise, the bears were not hostile, and they seemed undisturbed by the sight of armed strangers.
“They soon realized [the bears] were very docile and very laid back, wandering throughout the property,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Fred Mansveld told The National Post. It appeared the bears were being fed dog food. Black bears can weigh as much as 600 pounds in British Columbia. It isn’t clear if the woman was keeping the bears as pets, or if they were meant to guard her drug cultivation operation, The New York Daily News reported. Either way, the future for the bears is uncertain. Authorities in British Columbia have to kill dozens of bears each year if they rely on humans for food and then become a threat to public safety. The bears were not the only guests on the property: Police also stumbled upon a pig and a raccoon napping in one of the bedrooms. “The pig was a little frantic at the sight of police, but the raccoon was pretty laid back about the bust and took it all in stride,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said._
Your reaction? Have those bears been munching on more than just dog food? Might they even be a distinct and rare subspecies of black bear taxonomically known as Ursus Lebowski?