Mother and 3 bears captured in Falher

A mother bear and her three cubs were captured in Falher by the M.D. of Smoky River administration building on Sept. 9, tranquilized and relocated by Alberta Fish and Wildlife. The photo was provided by Marcel Maure, regional director of protective services under the M.D. of Smoky River.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Four bears on the loose in Falher were caught and relocated Sept. 9.

A mother bear and three cubs were caught and tranquilized around noon by Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers, says Marcel Maure, regional director of protective services under the M.D. of Smoky River.

“Nobody was at risk,” Maure says.

The bears were first reported seen by the softball diamonds south of Villa Beausejour on Sept. 8 around 3 p.m.

Maure says the Town of Falher received a called about the bears. He responded to the issue with Dave Brown, director of public works for Falher.

“We tried to persuade the bears out of town,” Maure says.

“They did leave, but they came back during the night.”

The mother and the three cubs were located Sept. 9 at the fire hall near the M.D. office around 8 a.m., Maure says.

Fish and Wildlife officers soon arrived to capture and tranquilize the bears.

Students and staff at Ecole Routhier and Ecole Heritage schools remained inside while the bears were caught.

People remained inside during a shelter-in-place protocol from about 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., says Kyle Nichols, communication officer for High Prairie School Division.

Shelter-in-place is a standard term and procedure for schools in an environmental emergency in close proximity to the school, outside the school on school grounds and/or unrelated to the school, explains the protocol on the HPSD website.

Parents may not always be notified immediately when a Shelter-In-Place protocol is initiated [ie: wildlife on the playground].

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