Bears Guarding Marijuana?
What was supposed to be a routine raid in British Columbia turned out slightly differently than the officers expected when they ran into no less than a dozen black bears meandering around a cannabis farm containing around 2,300 plants.
It was not clear if the bears were the owners’ pets or if they were being used to guard the marijuana fields.
Police Cpl. Dan Moskaluk told the Toronto Start that the cops soon learned the bears were tame and accustomed to being around humans.
“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.”
Two adults at the location were arrested and face charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the newspaper, cops also bumped into a pot-bellied pig and a raccoon sleeping 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.
Black bears are common throughout Canada, and except in the cases of mothers with cubs, usually live solitary lives in the wilderness. It is against the law to feed them.
Local conservation experts said that by feeding the bears, the marijuana growers had delivered “a death sentence”.
Unfortunately any time bears become accustomed to humans or human food the chance for negative human/bear interaction increases. For this reason the animals were most likely put down to prevent unnecessary human/bear conflict. Remember to never feed wildlife and if you see a bear DO NOT APPROACH IT.
This story originated in August of 2010.