CALGARY -- Normally, destroying such a troublesome bruin would be a bare necessity.
But in the case of a bear stubbornly returning to wreak havoc in Elkford, B.C., the shade of its white coat has become the colour of second chances.
Last Friday, the 3-1/2-year old female black bear with rare, head-to-toe white fur returned to the town 200 km southwest of Calgary, feeding on trash and other food sources it had first become habituated to in 2011.
The bear would normally have been destroyed after being unsuccessfully relocated 40 km north up the Elk Valley, said Sgt. Joe Caravetta of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.
"Because of the attention and all the interest in the community, we're trying to find other options," he said.
"The white colour could be related to a recessive gene -- it's not common in this area."