More bears have been captured and destroyed after breaking into homes near Wilmer while foraging for food.

More bears killed near Wilmer

Bear Aware warns residents to keep windows and doors to their homes shut after bears break and enter while foraging for food.

Three more bears were destroyed this morning (September 19) after a sow and her two cubs damaged a home just outside of Wilmer in their attempts to enter it while foraging for food. The bears had entered the same house the day before through a sliding door that had been left open for a cat, lured in by a fresh bat of muffins cooling on the kitchen counter. When they returned today, the sliding door was closed so they broke a couple of window screens and the sliding door, and demolished a balcony railing.

“We need to reiterate that residents must keep all windows and doors shut,” Invermere and Radium Bear Aware community co-ordinator Crystal Leonard said in an email.

Just last week, a bear or bears had entered another house, also near Wilmer and also through a sliding door left open for a cat, and had rummaged through garbage, cupboards and the fridge. A male black bear was trapped at that location and killed.

For more information or to report a bear sighting, contact Leonard atĀ 250-688-0561, or emailĀ or

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