Black bear given 'second chance at life' killed in Whitehorse

A black bear is pictured as she and her two cubs were released back into the wild in this YouTube...

A black bear is pictured as she and her two cubs were released back into the wild in this YouTube screengrab.

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A black bear released far away from Whitehorse, Yukon, has been killed by conservation officers after it returned to the city to feast on garbage.

The mother bear and its cubs were featured in a video from Environment Yukon being relocated.

The bears had become a nuisance in the city, and were released "far, far away from the household garbage they had started to access," the video's description said.

"Relocation isn't an ideal situation because there's no guarantee they'll adapt to their new habitat, but it was the best option here," the description said.

One officer set up the camera, then got in a truck while the bears were released. The mother bear immediately knocked over one of the cameras as it exited the truck.

"She slobbered all over my camera," the Environment Yukon officer says before high-fiving a colleague for a successful release. "She got a second chance at life."

But officials told the CBC the mother bear was killed Tuesday morning when it returned to the city and began entering backyards and acting aggressively towards residents.

After the bear was destroyed, it was determined to be the one released in the video. Conservation officers are now looking for the cubs to find them a home.


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