VIDEO: Celebrity Canadian bear shot by wildlife officials
Jeanie, a famous bear with distinct markings, was shot and killed in Whistler, Canada, last week after becoming too aggressive toward humans.
Jeanie, a well-known black bear in the Whistler area of British Columbia, Canada, was shot dead by conservation officials last week.
Jeanie was popular with tourists and even with locals because she was friendly and easily approached by humans; she even had her own Facebook page. But that ultimately may have been her undoing.
Jeanie was caught in a trap, tranquilized and then shot dead by a conservation office, Pique news magazine reported. Jeanie's cub was also caught and taken to a rescue center to be raised.
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"There was a recent and escalating conflict of a very serious nature," said Chris Doyle, a local conservation officer, in Pique.
The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that the increasing number of conflicts with Jeanie related to her search for food as winter hibernation neared. The mountain berries she typical fed on had a horrible growing season.
Jeanie was well-known and easy to spot because she had a triangular patch of white fur on her chest.
Five bears have been killed in Whistler this year for venturing into town and becoming aggressive toward humans.