Residents call him the “pear bear,” and he’s managed to outsmart B.C. authorities for weeks.
A clever, fruit-loving animal has holed himself up high atop a pear tree in Chilliwack, B.C. Residents started noticing the hungry guy up there earlier this month, but so far, all attempts to relocate him have failed.
See, the problem is officers can’t simply tranquillize the bear, because it’s so high up the fall could injure him. They’ve also tried waiting the whole situation out, but the animal seems to be happier up there than expected. So recently, they resorted to setting a trap on the ground. But when everyone left for the night and returned in the morning, the food (bait) in the trap was gone, but the bear was still in the tree.
“I think he’s in paradise,” one onlooker says in the video above.
That could be the case. After all, from the bear’s perspective, not only does he have an abundance of food, even more food is being left on the ground in front of him. He’s practically in bear heaven!
But some residents disagree over whether or not the animal actually comes down from its perch at night, or whether he’s just stuck. They do know one thing for sure though: If the bear can in fact come down, he only does so in order to get more pears. This bear really likes pears.
“One of the other photographers said [the bear] came down about 15 feet down to the bottom of the tree and then grabbed a few pears and went right back up,” a Chilliwack resident said.
We suppose something had to eat the bait out of that bear trap, so it seems likely he can climb down. This might also be a live shot of him from last night:
The good news is, officers with the B.C. Conservation Service say the bear appears to be afraid of humans, and poses no threat. They simply want to get the animal down so they can relocate it, adding that if it doesn’t come down soon, they may consider slowly cutting the tree down to coax him out.
Knowing “pear bear” though, he’ll probably find a way to outsmart them once again.
But not before eating a hearty serving of fruit.