VANCOUVER - Hungry grizzly bears and cougars near the West Kootenays community of Edgewood, B.C., are attacking and eating local sheep.
Sgt. Arnold DeBoon of the provincial conservation service says that over three nights, three grizzlies dined on one rancher's sheep and were shot as a result.
He says the rancher moved her flock across a lake but then lost a sheep to a cougar.
DeBoon says an ostrich also died after it ran into a fence in an apparent attempt to dodge a bear that got into a feed bin on another farm.
DeBoon says attacks on sheep, goats or pigs generally happen in spring when there are fewer food options for grizzlies.
The conservation service office says hundreds of dangerous grizzlies and black bears are killed every year as they forage for food.