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Black bear destroyed in White Gold

Grizzly bear alert issued for Rainbow Lake area
Courtesy of the RMOW

Conservation officers killed a black bear on Sunday, Aug. 2, after it had accessed barbecues and garbage in Whistler's White Gold neighbourhood.

The bear began to "display rapidly escalating defensive behaviour, repeatedly charging members of the public and responding officers," according to a Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) release.

Officers tried all non-lethal methods of hazing, but the bear was already "extremely habituated" to humans and had to be destroyed because of public safety concerns, the release says. 

In the wake of the incident, the RMOW is reminding visitors and residents to always manage their garbage, recycling and attractants properly and never approach a bear. 

Bear sightings in your neighbourhood can be reported to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

"Calling the COS when you first see a bear in your neighbourhood or yard gives the COS more options to manage the bear," the RMOW says. 

Grizzly bear alert issued

Meanwhile, the RMOW has also issued a notice that a grizzly bear was spotted foraging for food in the Rainbow Lake area of the Alpine Trail Network. 

The trail remains open, but hikers are reminded to be on alert and practice caution. 


  • Dogs are not permitted on the Rainbow Mountain or Mount Sproatt Alpine Trail Network.
  • Never approach a bear. Keep your distance and back away slowly.
  • Always carry bear spray and know how to use it in the event of an encounter.
  • Travel in groups and make noise as you walk.
  • Be vigilant, watch for signs of bears in the areas such as scat.
  • Bikes are not permitted on Rainbow Mountain above the Flank Trail and Ebikes are not permitted on Mount Sproatt above the Flank Trail.