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Woman sees bear in live trap at Tim Horton’s; questions Wildlife protocol on transporting of wild animals

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.


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.”



Organizations: Department of Wildlife

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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  • Brian Davis
    August 18, 2014 - 20:49

    Of course the bear is in distress...it's in a trap. I'd be concerned if there was no officer in the vehicle and the bear was just being left in the trap for an extended period of time while the officers sat inside sipping coffee, but considering Tim Hortons is on the highway and in my experience you can get through the line inside Tims in a matter of minutes even if its busy...I'm not concerned that the bear is being treated inhumanely, or that there was any danger to the public, or that the officers did anything wrong in this case. Even though he may be stressed from being trapped, the lucky bear gets to be released and gets a chance to avoid becoming a "problem bear" and losing its life. Welcome to the Big Land Ms/Mrs/Miss Conners...we have a lot of wildlife to deal with...sorry the live bear in a trap being transported to safety freaked you out. :)