Woman sees bear in live trap at Tim Horton’s; questions Wildlife protocol on transporting of wild animals
© Photo by Lisa Connors
Happy Valley-Goose Bay resident Lisa Connors spotted this black bear in a live trap outside Tim Horton’s this morning. She feels it was not fair to the animal to be held in a public spot like that and believes it was stressing out the bear.
UPDATE - WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20
It certainly wasn’t what Lisa Connors expected to see when she went for her morning coffee at Tim Horton’s on Monday, Aug. 18.
The Happy Valley-Goose Bay resident had pulled into the establishment between 10:30 and 11 a.m. that morning, when she spotted what she thought — at first — was an empty live trap on a trailer, attached to a Department of Wildlife vehicle.
“But when I had a closer look, I could see there was a bear inside,” said Connors.
“There was one Wildelife employee in the vehicle and the other was inside (Tim Horton’s).”
Connors said although it was kind of scary to see, she was actually more concerned about the well-being of the bear.
“You could tell it was stressed out,” she said. “It was rolling around and around the cage.”
She said she was also concerned at the time of day in which this occurred.
“This was the probably the busiest time of the day, the line-up of vehicles at the drive –thru was out to the road.”
Connors said it was ‘ridiculous’ to have a bear in a live trap in that public spot.
“I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t fair to the animal at all.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources issued a statement to The Labradorian this morning, stating, “The Department of Natural Resources is aware of this situation. All matters of this nature are taken very seriously and we are addressing it internally.”
The statement added the animal “was released without harm at a safe location and is in good condition.”