Two more bears destroyed on weekend 

An Alpine Meadows bear is dead after breaking into or trying to break into more than 20 homes in the area.

The bear was shot Monday by conservation officers after breaking into a home to feast on a homemade peach pie and other items.

Conservation officer Barry Farynuk said there was no choice but to destroy the bear after it had become an expert at getting into people’s homes.

"Over a course of two weeks we got in excess of 28 complaints where it had either entered residences or attempted to enter them," said Farynuk.

"It would slide windows open then go into refrigerators and cupboards and what not.

"It had no fear of humans and was totally habituated to this behaviour. He went from house to house. It appears that there were a lot of houses in the neighbourhood that you could go to the windows and see paw prints where he tried to open the window.

"There was the potential for somebody to get hurt."

Conservation officers are sure they got the right bear. It had been shot with rubber bullets several times by RCMP over the last few weeks and it had yellow die on its hindquarters from a beanbag projectile.

The bear exhibited unusual behaviour in that aversion techniques such as rubber bullets had little effect.

"It was shot multiple times with rubber bullets, trying to scare it away, and it was getting to the point where the rubber bullets had no effect," said Farynuk.

"It would stand there with a bag of cookies in its mouth and get shot with a rubber bullet and it wouldn’t even drop the bag."

Marcel Richoz’s home was one of the bear’s favorite stops.

While no one wants a bear to be destroyed, said Richoz, it was a dangerous situation.

"They move around so much in the kitchen that they switch the stove on so you can have a major fire because everything is on top of the stove, so this was a dangerous situation," he said.

"This (happened) in two houses, where he turned on the stove.

"And at night you will be sleeping and he is trying to get in, I mean it was unbelievable. You couldn’t sleep."

Richoz had to board up some of the windows of his home to deter the bear, who would return to the same house three times a day.

In a more disturbing incident last week a young bear was shot in the underground parking area of a building behind Nesters.

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