Bear cub meets sad end

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Const. Suzanne Bourque is shown using her cellphone alongside a young bear that approached her as she interviewed witnesses regarding the bear’s encounters with the public. Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers euthanized the bear over the weekend. — Submitted photo

The story of a young bear known for approaching members of the public in Terra Nova National Park has ended tragically.

The bear was euthanized over the weekend by Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers with the Department of Justice after it reportedly approached patrons of the Copper Kettle Restaurant near Square Pond Park, located approximately 30 kilometres east of Gander. It had earlier shown itself to be a traffic hazard on the Trans-Canada Highway, according to Vanessa Colman-Sadd, director of communications with the Department of Justice.

A trap was set earlier this spring to catch the cub after officials at the Terra Nova National Park received multiple complaints about the bear. They later caught the bear and released it in a more isolated area.

The bear was immortalized in a photo with Const. Suzanne Bourque from the Glovertown detachment of the RCMP that appeared in the June 9 edition of The Telegram. It was shown standing upright next to the officer, gazing at her inquisitively. The bear approached Bourque without her noticing.

She had been interviewing people at the park prior to the bear’s appearance.

Kirby Tulk, acting resource conservation manager with Terra Nova National Park, said the park deals with bears every year.

“This is the time of year where bears are drawn to roadsides, because that’s where we get the first vegetation,” he said.

As this happens, Tulk said the public becomes drawn to the bears, often feeding them and taking pictures.

“Then, the bears, instead of coming to the roadside to feed off their natural vegetation, they become attracted to cars and humans because they learn to associate vehicles and humans with food.”

While he understands a young bear may look cute, its mother should be feared.

“If it’s a very young bear, their mom isn’t very far away, so sometimes it’s not the little bear you’re feeding, but it’s actually the mother bear in the woods,” he said, adding that park officials ask the public to avoid feeding bears.

Once that happens, Tulk said officials employ aversion techniques to discourage bears from approaching people. If those tricks do not work, the bear will be moved.

However, moving this bear was not enough. Colman-Sadd said based on its encounters with the public it was determined the bear had to be euthanized.

Terra Nova National Park does not have estimates on its bear population.

Organizations: Department of Justice, Trans-Canada Highway, Department of Justice.A RCMP The Telegram

Geographic location: Terra Nova National Park, Square Pond Park, Gander Glovertown Terra Nova

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  • Tijana
    March 31, 2016 - 08:20

    Sad... One more "know it all case" from people who are being not just dam, but also heartless :-(. They assume that mother is somewhere around and that will attack...??????????????

  • Astrida Auza
    July 08, 2015 - 18:19

    Shameful. Write to the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in Newfoundland and complain. I will.

  • Andrea Srirat
    April 22, 2014 - 10:05

    This is disgusting and just shows once more how stupid, sick, perverted idiots walk this earth with very twisted minds. I hate humans!!!

  • Troy Way
    April 21, 2014 - 16:47

    Humans really are a disgusting, vile species. We build roads over, under and through every scrap of land we can find, eliminate the habitats of all species of animal, and call THEM the nuisance. These acts of inhumanity against wild animals have nothing do to with public safety. The only species we need protection from is other humans. Killing animals is all about human selfishness, ignorance and stupidity.

  • Lynne Miles
    April 21, 2014 - 15:40

    This is terrible poor bear! You should be disgusted with yourself!

  • fiona turp
    April 21, 2014 - 14:57

    a waste of a young cubs life !!!!!!! terrible !!!!!

  • Athena
    January 19, 2014 - 04:04

    His death is on the idiot who fed him first.'Cause yeah,let's give a treat to the cute fluffy bear,and now the cute fluffy bear is no more.Hope you're happy now,moron.

  • Bill
    January 16, 2014 - 11:08

    So many arm chair activists on here crying foul , yet have such little understanding of bears and the threat they present once they've associated humans as a reliable food source. The fault lies squarely on the person/s who habituated this bear to humans in the first place. Bears are naturally afraid of people, and yet, they are adaptable and intelligent creatures who lose that fear quickly once they've identified humans as a reliable source of food. Relocating a bear is ineffective considering they can cover a range of 30 Km or more in a day. Zoo's and animal sanctuaries are expensive to operate and are struggling to maintain their current animals populations. . If people venturing into bear country would take the time to educate themselves and exercise caution when encountering a wild bear. There would be fewer incidents of a nuisance bear having to be dispatched.

    • Danny
      April 21, 2014 - 16:55

      Do tell Bill, how big a threat are these bear given there are hundreds of thousands of bear across Canada and a fairly insignificant number of violent human/bear encounters each year? In this case (as in most, I'm sure) it was likely some redneck hunter who baited its mother, didn't check to see if it had cubs in tow, shot and killed her, then left the orphaned cubs to survive on their own. Or the redneck hunter discovered the cub(s) after killing its mother and fed them out of sympathy.

  • Dr. Christa Pardeller
    December 21, 2012 - 03:28

    Animals are living creatures. Do not be cruel, Do not kill. This is Law and Order of God. Do not kill animals. God sees everything. Not every person will be resurrected from the dead. Animals are living creatures!

  • cristina nicolini
    December 18, 2012 - 05:39

    l'essere umano è la vera BESTIA!!!!!!!

    • Lorena freddi
      December 18, 2012 - 13:47

      L'essere umano è un VIRUS maledetto, merita solo l'estinzione

    • Elizabeth Tolson
      December 19, 2012 - 20:10

      Are you happy with yourselves? Simply disgusting. I saw this on Tumblr. Makes me sick.

    • Gloria Cimino
      December 20, 2012 - 02:23


  • andre
    December 17, 2012 - 17:45

    Why don't they euthanize themselves in order to protect the bears?

  • migsly
    December 17, 2012 - 16:20

    “If it’s a very young bear, their mom isn’t very far away, so sometimes it’s not the little bear you’re feeding, but it’s actually the mother bear in the woods,” he said, adding that park officials ask the public to avoid feeding bears." That's the stupidest excuse I've ever heard. You mean the mama bear sends the baby bear to get the food and bring it back to her? Right.

  • Emily
    December 16, 2012 - 23:50

    Simply disgusting.

  • marie-celine francis
    December 16, 2012 - 20:18

    This sickens me to the core .. it's man that put this bear in a situation where it became friendly and then punishes the poor animal for something they are to blame for. Animals have no chance .. friendly or unfriendly they suffer either way at the hands of humans. Surely there was a better solution!

  • guillermo
    December 16, 2012 - 06:40

    The Law is made of humans , thats why is so bad and without inteligence... This poor animal cold live in a Zoo , in a program of reproduction for keep the spice , there are 1000 of options... DEAD is the LAST and the unic option without a good end... I wish the population of this place take care of the wild life... is the best for the future of all the world... incluiding humans !!!

  • Tom Zychowski
    December 15, 2012 - 20:28

    What and unbelievable disgrace. Killing an animal for being too friendly you have to pause and think about the logic in this. A Zoo would love a bear, why take this unnecessary action is beyond me.

  • Isaac
    December 15, 2012 - 18:34

    Very ridiculous is there a way to complain? That is wrong and those people who didnt use their head will pay dearly, just watch and we will all see to that. That death is not gonna stay like that. I need to send a letter to these heartless bastards obviously they have no mother.

  • Kelsey
    October 17, 2011 - 18:37

    Is there an email address, phone number, or address that people can send complaints to? I think the people who ordered this to be done need to apologize and realize that what they did was unnecessary. There were options for this bear. Yet he was killed. And I specifically use the word killed because that's what it was in this case. It was the murder of an innocent, and even friendly bear. You euthanize your dog when he's too old to do anything but lay down in constant pain. You don't euthanize lively friendly creatures that could have easily transported to an area where they would not get involved directly with humans.

    • Nik
      December 14, 2012 - 22:00

      The problem with this isn't that the bear was too friendly... it was that people were too foolish and generous with the food that they have available. This park should have either had bear-proof lockers for campers to keep their things, or people just shouldn't have never moved in to begin with.

    • Rae
      December 16, 2012 - 22:18

      We have this problem in Florida with Alligators.... the fact is.. They can become dangerous. Bears are predators and though still a Cub, hes going to grow and now that he sees humans as a food source, there is a great potential that he could become aggressive and when he reaches his adult size.. that could be fatal. Granted there are many places that he can be taken to like zoos and such but a lot of time unless its for rehabilitation or permanent injury they can't take animals like this. If you all get angry over this stuff than don't feed the god damn wild life. It has nothing to do with people moving in on wilderness turf. It has to do with the ignorance of people who think the bear is cute, like a puppy and want to give it a treat. Please if you are visiting an area, do not be ignorant, the animals are wild and need to remain that way. Watching is fine, but intervening in nature causes disruptions such as this. The people living there don't want to put down bears like this, no one wants that. But if everyone would show some respect, it wouldn't happen.

    • Geri Palmisano
      December 16, 2012 - 22:20

      Why couldn't you have put the bear in a zoo instead of KILLING the sweet bear! You ought to be ashamed of yourselves! Just because a bear is friendly you KIILL it! How dare you I am so appauled!

    • Marilyn
      December 17, 2012 - 02:14

      I have an idea ! , Why not set a fine of $ 5000.00 to anyone found feeding a bear and or coming within 100 feet of the bear. When this happens , the funds could be used to relocate the bears or any other animal.

  • Bunny
    July 29, 2011 - 17:57

    I didn't read all the comments, so if this has been said I apologize but to everyone talking about re-locating the bears; that costs a lot of money and as someone who has worked in rescue shelters my whole life, people LOVE to speak up on issues like this but when you tell them that it costs money, they suddenly want nothing to do with it anymore. Certain rescue groups and organizations generally don't get much money from the government and I'm willing to bet that it sure as heck isn't cheap to relocate a bear.

  • Matt
    July 24, 2011 - 04:16

    I love how humans show up, take all the land previously populated by wild inhabitants, and just claim themselves to be the owners of everything. We invade wild territory and then expect the wild life to behave how WE want them to. Disgraceful.

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011 - 14:33

      We already took the Justin Bieber wrath killing bears a completely unnecessary, Canada.

  • Nicolette
    June 26, 2011 - 22:12

    I'm sure there were much better options than putting a small innocent cub to its death. It really is a shame. Relocation and aversion tricks may not have been enough to stop the bear, but that doesn't mean that is all they could have done. They just needed to find a better solution that was safe for the bear and the human public. Why not locate it in a zoo? But I guess it's too late now.

    • Karri-Larke
      December 16, 2012 - 22:43

      I am sure that is a thoughtful idea, of sending a baby bear to a zoo. Better than dying? Not so sure. To the wildlfe animals, I think it would most times be better to kill them, Did you ever watch them pacing back and forth? I was told many years ago, that it's because they hate being in cages.

  • Nicolette
    June 26, 2011 - 22:10

    I'm sure there were much better options than putting a small innocent cub to its death. It really is a shame. Relocation and aversion tricks may not have been enough to stop the bear, but that doesn't mean that is all they could have done. They just needed to find a better solution that was safe for the bear and the human public. Why not locate it in a zoo? But I guess it's too late now.

  • Sarah
    June 26, 2011 - 20:40

    I wonder if all these people would be so outraged if an alligator killed a beloved house pet because people had fed it. But a cute, fluffy baby bear... well... that's a different story. This is absurd, I am astounded at the ignorance of people who clearly have never been near a wild bear in their life. I hike, frequently, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and let me tell you, any hiker's worst fear is a bear who has no fear of humans. The fact that some people are even willing to gamble the life of humans for the life of a bear is astounding. And the people that are so outraged here are the same people that would be the FIRST to slap a lawsuit on that park if their child was attacked by a bear. Ridiculous.

    • Richard M
      June 27, 2011 - 17:42

      Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. For goodness sakes READ the messages. The messages say handle the problem another way (eg: relocating the bear properly) and despite your ability to walk on a trail it doesn't make you a bear authority. There are solutions other than killing the young animal. Oh yah! Thats what everyone has been saying.

    • Michelle
      June 30, 2011 - 21:34

      You are horrible! we are the dominant race in this planet but how about sharing it with its other inhabitants?? We are not God and should decide the death of others, there are other ways to deal with this than just killing! You are the one ignorant since all you thought about was that and no other solution.

    • michelle
      July 19, 2011 - 19:24

      I understand your point but it just doesn't seem fair that people go out into the WILDerness and decided to take out a bear because its bothering THEM. But I guess the only places bears are allowed are in cages, on display, or as living room rugs, right?

    • Andrew
      July 25, 2011 - 12:23

      As far as I'm concerned humans are expendable: there are enough of us and who cares if a few of us die. If anything you are the ignorant one. If someone thought you posed a threat, would you like them to just kill you, i think not.

    • Ryan
      December 14, 2012 - 12:29

      If you're dumb enough to walk in an area where bears(or wolves, or mountain lions, or any other far more capable than you predators are located that would love to dine on your squishy, fragile body) live than sorry, can't say I'd feel sorry for you if you get mauled. I'm ALSO not dumb enough to let my hypothetical kids/pets wander around alone in parks where BEARS live. If you're that stupid...nope, no sympathy from me. The best thing for this bear was not to kill it. Maybe, I don't know, give it to a zoo. Where it could have lived out it's life in utter luxury and happiness surrounded by people who could feed it daily. But nah, let's kill it. Some people are really dumb. You, and the people who killed this bear, are dumb.

    • Ren
      December 15, 2012 - 18:40

      i have faced 6 wild bears in my life time 2 tried to corner me and probably eat me as both their stomachs were growling and it was winter time (different years) , however when both bears looked at my eyes and saw no fear they sniffed, than turned away and gave a warning growl. other times 1 bear cub digging in my trash i just picked him up and shooed him away. and the rest of the bears at a creek i walked into not paying attention however they just looked at me and continued catching fish (you know the secret into not getting mauled, dont show fear, and dont mess with animals just like us they will f you up even your beloved pet) a dog is just as much danger as a bear would be, heck even us humans are (columbine, connecticut, colorado ring some bells dumb A$$) even a bird or insect can who's ignorant now? sorry the murder of this innocent cub was not needed, and there were plenty of options that didn't need to cost money...heck why even try ? People will continue to feed wild animals and interact with them, just like wild animals will continue to bump into us we aren't the only ones on this planet, we humans wont be around forever. something needs to take our place but at the rate dumb people are going killing other species off probably wont be squat left. i have no problem with hunting as the dead animal will be used for food etc, however just to kill and waste..bull crap.

    • L.Englund
      December 16, 2012 - 22:35

      Sarah, it was a black bear for one. More afraid of us, even if they run huffing at you it is a bluff. Go to NABC. They are in Minn and have worked with black bears for over 20 years. You would be able to see cubs being born since they have relationships with the bears and put cams in the dens of at least one that will be having cubs. The people of Ely, Minn are wonderful, having learned many years ago how to co-habitate with the bears. They have no nuisance bear complaints. Check it out. Canada loves to kill first then spend the time to find some other way.

    • Danielle
      December 23, 2012 - 23:50

      Actually Sarah makes a good point. And they tried relocating the bear but the bear knew where it's food source was, making this dangerous. This bear would've kept coming back one way or another. And really if this was an alligator or something, I'm sure it would've been a different story for you all but because it's a cute fluffy bear then it's completely different. And everyone who is crying about how we invaded their space, yes we did. And it's done. Nothing ya can do about it now. If you're so choked up on it go start some sort of protest or something. We need to protect the people who now visit there and if some poor child or baby was attacked by the same grown up bear well then I'm sure you all be crying about how something should've been done.

  • LC Martin
    June 25, 2011 - 10:53

    Bad form people! Shame on humans! Such a selfish, self serving group of animals we are! This cub needed help not to be killed!

  • Tucker
    June 24, 2011 - 18:24


  • Denise Rednour
    June 23, 2011 - 20:58

    Why couldn't the cub have been taken to a wildlife preserve or even a zoo? I guess it's just easier for man to destroy other species. Sick!

  • Allia Wilson
    June 23, 2011 - 17:45

    There is an undescribable amount of rage inside of me right now. The pit of my stomach is turning in anger. Are you kidding me?! You kill a bear to resolve the fault of humans. I'm sorry, but in my mind that does not make sense. They say that they had warned humans not to feed the bear as the bear would associate cars with food, therefore resulting in injury or death for the bear, then they completely contradict themselves by doing the job anyway. It sickens me to think that out of all the options, such as natural reserve or a zoo, they choose to take it's life. We as humans are at fault. Aside from giving a wild animal food at such a young age before it can learn to fend for itself and catch food itself, we go ahead and place a great long slab of cement and tar right through THEIR LAND. Nature was here long before us. But no. Let's just kill the bear, because it's not humans fault that it didn't know better.

  • David
    June 23, 2011 - 13:20

    This is what happens when we give people with sub normal intelligence positions of authority. They kill innocent beings and justify it with ignorant excuses. For all of the comments that state that we should prioritize and favor humans first, they should know that this is something that doesn't merit such comparison. It's the humans that are destroying our planet. We need more bears and less humans. In fact when I saw the picture I had a double take because my first impression was that the officer was a bear. The bear is entitled to it's life. It's just as precious as any other being. It has one life and this one precious life was stolen by ignorant and otherwise useless people.

  • Gary
    June 23, 2011 - 12:37

    I find the actions of the wildlife authorities and those who feed the bears to be disgusting. Have we become so barbaric that we find killing something to be the only option, particularly when 2 seconds of thought by a child would have resulted in a better alternative . And are you feeders so out of touch with reality that you can't see the consequence of your actions. Shame on all of you!!

    • natasha
      June 23, 2011 - 22:21

      I agree with Gary...the wildlife authorities could have moved it even farther. Shame on people for feeding any wild animals, no wonder they come up to you.

  • LSKDf
    June 23, 2011 - 12:31

    Its not the animals fault that us humans have claimed pretty much all the forest as our own, they dont have anywhere to go anymore where they wont be running into us.

  • stormyweather
    June 23, 2011 - 11:57


  • maxine
    June 23, 2011 - 11:51

    I've read all these comments here and I noticed that some people are condemning the officer who was pictured with the bear, saying shame on her for "posing" for the picture. Obviously, these people haven't read the article. The officer was using her make a call, not to take a picture...and didn't even realize the bear had approached her from behind until she turned around and obviously that was the moment that somebody captured this picture. And by the way, I still think there could've been a better solution to this, and a better outcome for this innocent little creature.

    • dmg
      June 24, 2011 - 20:38

      Maxine , if you look at the officer's right hand you can see that she is doing a wiggly thing to keep the bear's attention to get the photo. She was definitely engaging the bear and trying to capture the moment. I agree t hat it is shameful what has happened to the poor thing.

  • Big O
    June 23, 2011 - 10:24

    "Make yourself large... " I like that one. I guess you have to plan ahead.

  • Tristen
    June 23, 2011 - 10:13

    people die everyday in places all around the world in all kinds of circumstances and never do so many people comment on it ammazzing.

  • Snow Witch Elemental
    June 23, 2011 - 10:11

    What do you expect from stupid Newfies? They don't know any better. But Andrew Mecer is right. Let's stop whining, and contact those who are in charge at higher levels. I reprint the contacts here: Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Headquarters 84 Mount Bernard Avenue 4th Floor Sir Richard Squires Building P.O Box 2006 Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8 Tel: (709) 637-2971 Fax: (709) 637-2975 Report Poaching Toll Free: 1-877-820-0999

  • Ches
    June 23, 2011 - 10:01

    Could have turned him over to an outfitter and have some rich hunter come in and kill him,they do it all the time.

  • Perry
    June 23, 2011 - 09:59

    Why did the bear keep coming to the road and keep going to campsites? It associated those area's with food, PEOPLE feeding the bear at their campsites are to blame. This bear isn't tame, its just young and doesn't have its animal instincts quite yet, which is why its cute. When it gets a little older and rips into someone, reaction will change drastically to why didn't the Wild Game Services protect us. The best part is how oblivious this cop is to a bear sneaking up on her...great cop work, she gives law enforcement a bad name!

  • Big O
    June 23, 2011 - 09:52

    "Make yourself large... " I like that one. I guess you have to plan ahead.

  • Rosa
    June 23, 2011 - 09:50

    WPDK and all the rest of your intellect. How dare you make assumptions that those of us who are outraged of thist story do not care about human suffering. I find that people who care about the welfare of animals, are more caring towards people. I, for one, have never passed a homeless person without giving what I could. My teenager bought food for the guy and his dog, in downtown St. John's. She learned to care from me. I raised my children to respect animals and humans, and give help whenever possible. So get the crap out of your damned eyes. Good people can care for an animals life that is needlessly ended, and still give to foodbanks, the Salvation Army, The Red Cross,etc. etc. etc. as I do.

  • mike b
    June 23, 2011 - 09:46

    So its the cub fault for walking around an area which totally belong to wild life . Who made you god to decide to kill the little cub ? Maybe you should of move all the people that are there, instead of the cub . Your day will come ...

  • Dave P
    June 23, 2011 - 09:29

    Wow.....this is almost unbelieveable, but then I remember what province we are talking aobut here (annual seal slaughter). What a shame that the people in charge (Fish and Wildlife officers) don't have one tiny bit of common sense, let alone any empathy for a baby animal. It must have been to close to the end of the work day, making it much easier to shoot the cub than relocate it 20 km's away! You should be embarrassed and disgusted by your actions, and those involved should be fired!

    • Gail
      June 24, 2011 - 04:59

      For those who never read the article in it's entirety. They DID relocate the bear. The bear came back. I don't agree with the final outcome but I guess the only other option would to to cage this bear for a lifetime. BTW this has nothing to do with the seal hunt and if people want to condemn that province then before so look in your own back yard. Also knowing true facts before opening mouth would be good.

  • Samantha
    June 23, 2011 - 09:03

    Wow that really makes me sad. First off, the people feeding the bear SHOULD have been fined. He was only a cub; I see no indication in this article that he viciously mauled anyone. Why couldn't they have put him in zoo?

  • Devil's Advocate
    Devil's Advocate
    June 23, 2011 - 08:59

    Wow, who would have thought that there would be so many bear experts out there that just happened to read this story! People, the bear cub had to be put down for a number of reasons. If it would have been left alone and not fed by the locals, it might have been able to learn how to feed itself and survive. But after it has been fed so many times at a young age it was doomed. A conservation area would not work because the bear is too young and cant feed itself, and a zoo would not take a bear this young and small because it could not be put in with other bears, as they would attack it. Im sure the officials thought of all the options before they were forced to put it down. The ones who are to blame are the people who fed the cub. They are the ones who killed it, and they are the ones who deserve your anger.

    • Mo
      June 23, 2011 - 12:10

      I totally agree with you. Furthermore, the park has specific rules in order to protect wildlife. See: "Feeding any park wildlife is prohibited." These rules have a purpose... to PROTECT wildlife.

    • Mo
      June 23, 2011 - 12:13

      I totally agree with you. Furthermore, the park has specific rules in order to protect wildlife. See: "Feeding any park wildlife is prohibited." These rules have a purpose... to PROTECT wildlife.

  • Chau
    June 23, 2011 - 08:59

    I am not a PETA or crazy about protecting animals. But I think the way they handled this was stupid and cruel. Euthanizing the bear was unnecessary.

  • Walt
    June 23, 2011 - 08:52

    Ever hear of a zoo.

    • Devil's advocate
      Devil's advocate
      June 23, 2011 - 09:27

      Even if a zoo needed a bear, this cub was too young and too small to be put with other bears. It would have had to be kept in a private enclosure, which they would never do for just for a bear.

    • bruce mcgregor
      June 23, 2011 - 10:28

      There are not enough zoos for all the bears that are put down. You hear about the one that the media talks about. There are hundreds more. I should know, I grew up around bears. Parks had them trapped and if that did not work, they were shot.

  • Paul
    June 23, 2011 - 08:52

    WoW! It's amazing to hear people talk so vehemently about the injustice of euthanizing this animal. I guess cute pictures of animals go directly to the outrage and empathy parts of our brains instead of the common sense areas. Of course the bear is not too blame. Human development and activity have created situations like this and blaming wildlife officers for having to do the dirty work to clean up our mess is shortsighted and irresponsible. The solutions are not easy, bears do not "stay put" and there is a liability here, Would all the outraged armchair experts hold their tongues if this animal caused a vehicle fatality or mauled a child? If you want to blame someone, ask first if you have ever fed a wild animal (of any size) in your lifetime?

    • Snow Witch Elemental
      June 23, 2011 - 10:02

      What were they thinking? This animal didn't have to die! Any Zoo would take it. This is incompetence at its best of all involved! This is absolutely outrageous!!

    • Dave
      June 23, 2011 - 23:11

      No, Paul. I have NOT fed a wild animal. I was raised to understand that the wild is the wild. Once need to understand that these people on this message board have compassion. You are proving yourself to not. If it was a human child that wandered into a wild pack of bear and got killed, the bear would be ruthless killers...right? You think one sided, friend. The bear cub was drawn out to the area by PEOPLE. THEREFORE, we should be responsible for relocating it. PERIOD!

  • greg
    June 23, 2011 - 08:50

    I can't help but think that all of the people who are appalled that the bear cub was put down are cut from the same cloth as the foolish thoughtless morons who fed the cub in the first place. Life is not a disney movie!! My sympathy is entirely with the bear and with the wild life officers.

  • Durward
    June 23, 2011 - 08:48

    That Cub is too young to be on it's own, obviously it's mother is dead, probably killed by the fish & wildlife bozos that then killed it. Losers. I thought national parks were for the animals, not the dumb-ass tourists. Why do we have highways running through our parks anyway?

  • liam mckenna
    June 23, 2011 - 08:48

    Pretty telling picture. If you ever encounter a young bear, make yourself large, make lot's of noise and scare it away if you really love animals. Don't hang out with it while you talk on your cellphone. Shameful really. This officer obviously needs more training. Shame also on the Telegram for repeatedly running this picture showing people exactly what not to do around a wild animal. Lot's of people had a hand in this young bear's death. I hope we're all suitably ashamed and take a lesson from it.

  • WPDK
    June 23, 2011 - 08:39

    I wish people would care as much about fellow human beings. "Oh, they killed a cuddly baby bear! How horrible!" Next time you see at a homeless person, remember they were once a tiny, cuddly baby human. Instead of complaining about the death of a wild animal on this forum; I challenge you to volunteer even one day at a local food bank. The effort just may shift your priorities. (To those of you who do indeed volunteer to help your fellow humans, thank you for setting an example.)

    • SH
      June 23, 2011 - 10:03

      Obviously, the difference is that homeless people are conscious creatures that make their own decisions. There are many organizations that exist to help homeless people regain a normal life. Many of them have mental health disorders, and will not medicate. Many of them have made poor choices that have led to their state. That does not excuse the murder of a creature that has done absolutely nothing wrong. Let me reiterate....the bear cub...did absolutely...NOTHING WRONG. It did not deserve to die.

    • TNT
      June 23, 2011 - 10:13

      Just because people are upset about a cuddly bear cub getting killed doesn't mean they don't care about people too! Myself included.

    • we
      June 23, 2011 - 10:16

      Seriously, humans can think for themselves. Animals cannot. If anyone deserves more compassion it is helpless animals such as this. This is an outrage.

    • secondiceberg
      June 23, 2011 - 11:25

      You seem to believe that caring about animals and caring about human beings are somehow mutually exclusive. In my experience, they go together more often than not. A person who does not care about animals does not care about people. A person who abuses animals will very often go on to seriously abuse humans. We are encroaching too far on the limited habitat still left for other creatures. These matters must be handled with more intelligence and compassion than this. All to often the human answer to any problem with "others" is to kill.

    • Dave
      June 23, 2011 - 23:03

      WPDK - You are attacking these people for having compassion??? Get a grip. No one ever said they don't care about humans. All they are doing is defending an animal that was put in a position by the ignorance of people. Some people believe that animals are just as important to this planet as humans. And for one, I think they are right.

  • Richard M.
    June 23, 2011 - 08:38

    The reporter missed the story here. It was about ineptitude in decision making by the Wildlife officials and the outrage it would generate. Relocating to a remote area was a less politically offensive alternative.

    • jenr
      June 23, 2011 - 09:52

      They already did that, Richard. The bear still came back.

  • dennis west australia
    June 23, 2011 - 02:40

    we have the same problem with dingoes in australia people feed them and when you stop feeding them they bite you , my thought is they live in the wild let them feed in the wild

  • Allen
    June 23, 2011 - 01:59

    What do you call a place where you can send animals that can't fit into their normal animal population? Yah, yes, a ZOO.

  • Ashamed Newfie
    June 23, 2011 - 01:20

    You dummies who complained and complained about the ****** Bear are the idiots who continued to feed it. I for one will never go to Terra Nova National Park nor will I recommend it. It's a park people one of the attractions would be a Bear!

  • mary
    June 22, 2011 - 21:51

    My goodness there is a lot of hate in these posts. The bear was a cub and it had learned behaviours that couldn't be changed. This has not happened overnight and it has a serious impact on the animal's survival techniques. If other options were available I am sure they would have been utilized. Conservation Officers do what they have to and sometimes it isn't pretty, this is all part of dealing with wild animal life. I am willing to bet that the people who had to make this decision did not make it lightly.

  • So Sad
    June 22, 2011 - 19:34

    I am so disgusted by this news report. Wasn't there another alternative then euthanizing this young cub who never knew any different because he was left on his own and then fed by humans???? Couldn't this cub be transported to Salmonier Nature Park or was it the cost or inconvenience that was upmost important in this shameful decision???? When I read this article, I have to say it saddened me and has bothered me all day. These wild animals cannot even live in their own habitats now, they are drove out by humans with development, ATVs, snowmobiles, etc., etc., and when they surface around living areas, people are all upset, well what do you expect, you drive them out so where are they supposed to go? And now this little cub has lost its life once again because of ignorant people! There was another answer for this little cub and not the one that was made......that was wrong and I am so upset by it!

  • Jesse
    June 22, 2011 - 16:31

    So you kill a bear thats friendly, thats interesting. I guess we should kill all the friendly people on the planet because we must fear them also, who knows what plans they are cooking up.

  • sean o'neill
    June 22, 2011 - 15:08

    Sorry sob's.....I'm no animal rights nut but it's incredible how ignorant some folks can be!Ever hear of nature preserves?Surely,like most people have said on here,there are a few of them in Newfoundland I would think?Even if you would have brought him a hundred or so miles from the place he would not have come back?Did you drop him off 5 or 10 miles from where he was initially?I think your conservation officers need some proper training in modern animal husbandry techniques.Evidently you're still in the dark ages on that score!As for those dummies who feed these animals,a stiff fine for such actions would put a stop to a lot of that!

    • Niki
      June 22, 2011 - 22:31

      That is just plain wrong. Just because the bear was getting friendly it had to be killed. What is this world coming too.

    • Robyn Young
      June 23, 2011 - 03:45


    • BI
      June 23, 2011 - 08:00

      I agree with AIL - if you relocate you obviously didn't go far enough - even the forest in Labrador would have met a better end than what that officer did to the bear cub. I am beginning to think all you official guys in wildlife don't want to be bothered and you should hear back from everyone in the province that disagrees with your decision. Partly to blame are those who fed the bear, and the poor bear cub is what suffered. I am totally ashamed to be associated with a government that would approve of such a measure..just because there were no traps available, and what a lame excuse on VOCM this morning, saying if they put the dart in, the cub would run off and maybe not be found and come back later mad. This is a cub we are talking about. No trap needed if you had food to give it while doing the tranquilizing. Use your brain man.

    • Pete
      June 23, 2011 - 08:04

      Are any of those nature preserves entirely fenced in? If not, eventually this bear is going to harm someone.

    • Friend to the animals
      June 23, 2011 - 08:36

      Earlier this spring I happened upon a few cars stopped in Terra Nova Park and several people feeding this bear. I suggested to one man that peanut butter cups were not appropriate for a bear cub and was told to F&$! Off. Hopefully someone read this story for him today and there will be a little less ignorance in the world.

    • Douchebaguette
      June 23, 2011 - 08:37

      The bear is a typical Newfoundlander. Always begging for a handout and too lazy to work.

    • TNT
      June 23, 2011 - 08:48

      For one thing, that photo with the officer is enraging. She shouldn't be standing next to the bear cub but rather try to scare the bear away so that perhaps it might start to fear humans. By just hanging out with the bear she is enabling the bear to be drawn to humans. It is completely the fault of the public that this poor little monkey was euthanized.

    • Simon
      June 23, 2011 - 08:57

      Someone is confused. The CBC story on this says that the bear was not euthanized but, rather, was successfully relocated to a remote area in the interior.

  • aIL
    June 22, 2011 - 14:54

    You kill the bear cub yet the humans who feed bears and are the REASON bears become acclimatized to us & cars, get off scott free??!!! Clearly the relocation of the bear the first time was inadequaltely done (no surprise there) so you lazy people just kill it the 2nd time?? This was the wrong choice! Shame shame shame on you!

  • Tragic
    June 22, 2011 - 14:07

    I just sent an e-mail to, did you?

    • BI
      June 23, 2011 - 08:03

      ...and in the meantime, you kill a poor defenceless cub and let all the moose in the province roam the highway and be the cause of many deaths, but still you kill a bear I missing something here.

  • California Pete
    June 22, 2011 - 13:00

    If at first you don't SUCKsead don't try agen kill it or am I wrong here why not send the little tame bear to a zoo but hinesite is good poor little thing mabe some people shoud have been euthanized a poor decision but then cost must have been the supreme decision in this case lousy decision RIP little bear not your fault it was murder

  • outdoorsman
    June 22, 2011 - 12:35

    This bear was doomed the minute the people fed it. A bear will always look for the easy meal and unfortunately associated people with this. The Inland Fish and Wildlife officers were left with no choice but to euthanize the bear in the interest of the lives and safety of humans. I am sure this was not a pleasant task.As for the nature park. That may have been an option but the park may not have had a vacancy.

  • Trouty
    June 22, 2011 - 12:34

    Very bad decision to kill a new generation of beer,killing a baby bear is plain wrong,and im sure dont help the population of future bears,most places try and relocate or try to preserve baby animals for future generations,people outside of here would be very upset by this

  • eric ralph
    June 22, 2011 - 12:20

    Last resort,put the cub in a zoo.What was done here is wrong and you people know it.

  • Andrew Mercer
    June 22, 2011 - 12:18

    I would recommend everyone give these guys a call and an email asking for further details about the decision to "euthanize" this bear. Comment forums are good, but getting into direct contact with the people responsible is better. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Headquarters 84 Mount Bernard Avenue 4th Floor Sir Richard Squires Building P.O Box 2006 Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8 Tel: (709) 637-2971 Fax: (709) 637-2975 Report Poaching Toll Free: 1-877-820-0999

  • Tommy Codjigger
    June 22, 2011 - 12:16

    Well! don't u think our answer to everything is the easy way out. It would have been a lot of trouble to relocate the bear the second time , so u kill it. Then u wonder why people give us a bad name concerning the seal hunt.

  • Heartbroken
    June 22, 2011 - 12:10

    This is beyond disgusting. I am ashamed to be from a province where this would happen.

  • Ann Kavanagh
    June 22, 2011 - 12:06

    My god wasn't there a better way??? Couldn't more thought been given to this instead of killing the poor creature, who was merely a victim of human interference......couldn't he have been taken in by a nature park, either in newfoundland or out of province. What a waste!!!

  • Heartbroken
    June 22, 2011 - 11:53

    This is beyond disgusting. I am ashamed to be from a province where this would happen.

  • Anna
    June 22, 2011 - 11:46

    I hope all you people who fed this animal will rot in hell but I can only guess that you folks won't read this article as you obviously can't read. This is the saddest thing I have heard in a while and my sympathies are with the Wildlife Officers who actually had to put the cub down.

  • Derrick
    June 22, 2011 - 11:30

    Lot of experts here!!! Most of you wouldn't be so supportive if this wild animal tore the face off of your child.

    • JT
      June 22, 2011 - 12:27

      Why does the yardstick for everything have to be realtive to "A CHILD"? Serioiusly? The bear cub was the equivalent of a child, but who cares, it isn't "A CHILD". I'm sick of the child-centric attitudes around this place.

  • Maxine
    June 22, 2011 - 11:23

    I can't believe these officers took this drastic step. Was there any thought at all put into this before they made the has been suggested above, moving it further inland, moving it to a conservation park?? I think they made a horrible decision, and sadly, it can't be undone...the poor little creature. What were they thinking?????

  • Mikalah
    June 22, 2011 - 11:15

    MOOSE ROAM FREE - YOU KILLED AN BABY CUB.....SOUNDS RIGHT TO ME!!! NOT!!!! I agree with Nancy and David. Like ddallj said what;'s wrong with Salmonier Nature Park, he'd get the care, food and attention he needs - Pathetic.

  • Brenda
    June 22, 2011 - 11:13

    Ah so sad. Poor baby. Many of us would have helped with a relocation to a wildlife sanctuary. RIP my little friend.

  • Bev
    June 22, 2011 - 10:49

    DITTO to all of the above!

  • David
    June 22, 2011 - 10:39

    I can only assume the baby's mother was dead cause she wouldn't let anyone close to her baby. The cub was only looking for food and attention. You say they are a safety factor for vehicles yet you do nothing about the countless moose-vehicle accdidents annually. The death of that bear cub was necessary. Idiots

  • Nancy
    June 22, 2011 - 10:38

    My god it was only a baby..... obviouisly the first relocation wasn't far enough away... that wasn't the bears fault. Nor is it the bears fault it was fed. If the first attempt at relocating wasn't far enough - that was a human error - not the bears error. You could have at least tried. It is sadly obvious that the cost of a bullet was cheaper than the effort to reloate it further away.

  • Rosa
    June 22, 2011 - 09:58

    People who fed this little creature were wrong. I agree,that it instilled in the bear the idea that he did not need to forage for food, as is natural for his species. And, that he would grow up to be a large animal reliant on humans for his food. But, I am sure that those who fed him did not think that he would be euthanized because of this. That picture of the police officer and the little cub, i'm sure, has been viewed by people from all over the world. I am sure that this morning when they viewed it again and read the story, they, like I, were appalled. I hope that there is lots of negative feedback on this. This was learned behavior in a very, young bear. There were alternatives. He did not have to die. Apparently, there should be more qualified people looking after the animals that inhabit our park, Those that do not use death to solve a problem, but who would take the time to find another alternative. I hope this picture goes viral, It is heartbreaking,

  • SamanthaG
    June 22, 2011 - 09:43

    This is disgraceful. They relocated the bear, to a strange area and habitat, it was OBVIOUSLY going to roam to find food. How can they assume the mother is hiding in the woods getting ready to defend its cub when you took the cub from its home and placed it somewhere strange??!! It definately was a lazy solution and there was definately no thought put into the rescue and well being of this precious animal. Disgusting.

  • What a sin
    June 22, 2011 - 09:40

    The poor thing should have been sent to Salmonier Nature Park where it could have lived a happy life instead of being put down!!

  • JS
    June 22, 2011 - 09:24

    Fish and Wildlife should have taken the time to find this bear a home in a zoo or similar setting - PERIOD! This is deplorable! I find it almost unbeliable that it's mother was nearby, simply watching the cub interact with humans. Anyone who knows anything about bear behavior would agree that this was an unlikely situation. They say that the mother could have been nearby but then why would they have moved the bear like they did, knowing that it would be seperated from it's mother and probably die?? How do we know that this bear wasn't motherless and just trying to get by, saw an easy meal in through people nearby and took advantage of it?? Laziness! Someone in the organization should have stood up and said, "I want to do more"!! “If it’s a very young bear, their mom isn’t very far away, so sometimes it’s not the little bear you’re feeding, but it’s actually the mother bear in the woods”. WHAT - are we to assume little Smoky was ferrying food to it's mother who was hunkered down in the woods nearby? Incredulous!!

  • Dana
    June 22, 2011 - 09:13

    I would love to know why this poor cub was not sent to a zoo or conservation park or even Salmonier Park? I agree with all the comments here though...........the people who were feeding this cub were stupid, how did they know where the mother bear was?

  • Justin
    June 22, 2011 - 09:11

    Like really? This is absolutely ridiculous. Put an innocent animal down because of the stupidity of some people. It amazes me that this can be the only solution. Again, ridiculous!!!!

  • chris
    June 22, 2011 - 09:01

    Would been better to build a compound for the bear in the park ,cage it in so people could come visit and see the bear and have a info board at the site to tell people this bear being here is the result of people feeding the bear and that the only other guaranteed option was to put the bear down. The intention is to send a strong message to the public to stop feeding the bears.

  • Mary Benedict
    June 22, 2011 - 08:54

    I agree with all the comments above. This darling little didn't deserve this, it thought humans could be trusted, what a big mistake and that goes for a oot of humans in all kinds of cases.

  • Mindy
    June 22, 2011 - 08:45


  • Renee
    June 22, 2011 - 08:40

    This was a very lazy decision made by Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers. They could have done more to save this cub's life. The selfish people that complained, were in the bear's habitat. If they did not want to chance encountering a bear, they should have stayed home.

  • MJ
    June 22, 2011 - 08:37

    Its kind of odd that a little bear they will get rid of and let all the moose roam where they like! I know it's hard not to pay attention to something like this but for the safety of the wildlife and ourselves we must leave nature to fend for themselves that is their survival!! In this case the hand that feeds just may get bitten!!

  • mactinker
    June 22, 2011 - 08:29

    I can't believe that this was the only solution to this problem...having the cub put down. I agree with Samantha!

    • incredible
      June 23, 2011 - 09:07

      In some jobs, some people, have waaaaaaaay more power and authority than they should have. It would appear that wildlife officers fall into this category.

  • BI
    June 22, 2011 - 08:21

    I think this is utterly ridiculous - are we barbaric - have we no sympathy - are we savages - this proves to me that some here in Newfoundland are such. Why couldn't the bear be taken to a more remote area again, and farther away this time. Why should a bear have to die because someone doesn't know what to do with him. I am totally ashamed of the officials who did this, as much as I am ashamed of people for feeding the bears to begin with. Wise up people - these are wild animals and should be so treated.

  • ddallj
    June 22, 2011 - 08:13

    why didn't they bring this young one to Salmonier Nature Park?! there was no need to euthanize him :(

  • Lisa
    June 22, 2011 - 08:06

    Really, was euthanization the only answer? Pathetic.

  • Dave
    June 22, 2011 - 07:58

    C'mon..... euthanizing a bear cub because it approached people and was a traffic hazard? How bout all the moose on the highways? Obviously they didn't move it to a very isolated area if it found its way back. Wow, I can't believe this one...and people give sealers a hard time...

  • cathy murphy
    June 22, 2011 - 07:45

    So once again,an innocent animal is put down because of humans.C,mon people stop being stupid and stop feeding the bears. You're not doing it any favors.

  • santo
    June 22, 2011 - 07:26

    To all you people who thought it was cute to feed this little cub, you are the reason the bear came back, and you are the reason the cub had to be put down. That cub would have grown to become a very large bear, who would have grown to expect hand outs from people. Sure it was a cute little thing, but they grow up, to very large dangerous bear. Classic reason to NOT FEED THE BEARS!!

    • Dennis
      June 22, 2011 - 14:52

      One word to describe these people "LOWLIFES"

  • Samantha
    June 22, 2011 - 07:14

    I wonder if these wild life officers have ever heard of a zoo, or a conservation park. It's a sin this animal had to be euthanized because of the stupidity of humans.

  • Kent
    June 22, 2011 - 07:09

    Peoplle who feed bears are stupid... They think they are being kind to the animal but they are actually hurting them. This causes the bears to be reliant on people for food, rather then their natural instincts for finding food. Please don't feed wildlife because you're not doing them any favors.

    • Chris o
      June 23, 2011 - 07:54

      I wonder if the province has enacted a fine for feeding the Bears or if there is one, is it enforced.

  • Jon
    June 22, 2011 - 07:02

    Disgusting....obviously the relocation was not isolated enough.