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Wild Bears Used As Guard Dogs in Marijuana Fields

Wild Bears Used As Guard Dogs in Marijuana Fields

Police are pictured with two of the 14 wild black bears that were guarding an illegal marijuana growing operation after July 30, 2010 raid on the property in the Christina Lake area of westernmost Canada. Photo courtesy: AFP.

The Toronto Star via YellowBrix

August 19, 2010

CHRISTINA LAKE, British Columbia — Marijuana growers in the B.C. Interior are using a new kind of bear trap, but its not bears they’re trapping.

Police uncovered two separate outdoor marijuana crops of about 2,300 plants near Christina Lake, just a few kilometres from the Canada-U.S. border.

When officers arrived in the area two weeks ago, they found 13 black bears wandering around the crops and then discovered the bears had been fed dog food.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the officers were a little nervous to say the least, and cautiously went about making the seizure.

“As the members are conducting the search of the house, at one point in time the (home owner) has to shoo a bear out of the residence and out of the way, coming out of the basement,” he said.

“The owner tried to assure, ‘Don’t worry, they won’t become aggressive towards you, just don’t approach them and things will be fine. Certainly it’s a little bit of an odd situation to be in.”

He said the bears were very docile and it was obvious they were habituated to humans, acting unconcerned by the officers’ presence.

Moskaluk said it appears the alleged growers either liked having the animals around, or were using the bears to protect their grow operations.

During their search, the officers also stumbled across a roaming pot-bellied 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,” said Moskaluk.

Two adults in their 40s, both from the Christina Lake area, have been arrested and face charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.

No people or animals were harmed during the arrests, Moskaluk added.

Area conservation officers have been notified about the situation and Moskaluk said the bears may face an unhappy outcome if they are deemed too habituated.

Dozens of bears are killed every year in B.C. because they rely on human food sources and then become a threat to public safety.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    I concur with below posts.I dun dew believe that iwanttobeacop is gonna hafta brush up on his second grade English.The spellen and punkuation is dun terribul.Do he reelize he be expekted to right reports when he be a kop?He mite wanna capitalize the United States also.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Dear iwanttobeacop911,
    I read your post and I must say your command of the English Language is outstanding and the knowledge you possess of geography is well words can't describe. I am sure when you grow up you will be a fine LEO one day and then we will be reading about you on this site as I am sure the News title will read something like this: Another Officer of such and such city was arrested today for growing a "Plant" in his backyard. LOL thank you for making my day.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Well, that's a first. It looks like the pot growers are capable of a lot of things to keep their crops from being compromised. You say those bears were docile, I can't help from wondering if those people found a way to give the bears marijuana so that they could be easier to control. If this is the case I can understand what the poor animals are going through, I had my own share of experience with marijuana that ended in a drug rehab Oregon.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    New one......

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    iwanttobeacop911, this is the second post where you are not comprehending the English language. You want to be a cop as much and these CANADIANS wanted to go to jail and have their 2,300 plants seized and destroyed. Go crawl back under your rock.

  • Silver_warrior_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Uhhh, iwanttobeacop911. . . .first off, this happened in British Columbia. . .CANADA! NOT the good ole' US of A. Secondly, 2,300 plants is a little more than just personal use. . . .I think they really have a plan on uhhh, SELLING IT FOR A PROFIT! You need to quit smoking your life away and come back to reality. You obviously have no clue as to what you are saying about the effects of Marijuana on people's personal lives or society's problems with illicit drugs.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    thanks to are governments ignorance toward the drug war in mexico. These 2 lucky citizens get thrown in prison with murderers and rapists for growing a PLANT! Another "victory" in the united states' war against cannabis

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    "Great Barking Bears, Batman!!"

  • 321910_276082379080571_275962482425894_1020326_77530166_o_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Well I give them an A for creative thinking

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Too Funny, What a bunch of idiots...

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Interesting and innovative technique to say the least.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Just when you think you've heard it all .........

  • 9_11_01_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    can i get a bear to guard my house?

  • Ohbabe-3804_max50


    about 4 years ago


    That is cool, what will the perp's think of next when the bears are taken out with tranquilizes and relocated.

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