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Bears used to guard grow-op
« on: Aug 18, 2010, 03:31 PM »
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/08/18/15062276.html

CALGARY -- Smokey the bear has been guarding more than old-growth forests.

Mounties in B.C. were stunned to discover a platoon of bruins standing sentinel at a huge garden of marijuana plants in sight of southeastern B.C.'s Christina Lake.

After acting on a tip about an outdoor marijuana grow-op, RCMP officers descended on the remote site about 700 km southwest of Calgary only to be greeted by as many as 14 black bears that Nelson RCMP Sgt. Fred Mansveld is convinced were there to ward off pot bandits.

"They wanted to intimidate people -- we do experience rip-offs around there," said an astonished Mansveld.

"In 30 years working in these mountains, I've seen a lot of bears but I've never seen that. ... There were big bears, little bears, groups of bears.

"It just goes to show you what length people will go in this business to secure their operation."

 
   
The bruins were extremely friendly and accustomed to surroundings made more comfortable by a steady diet of dog food.

"The bears weren't aggressive to the police officers who worked very close to them," he said.

One of the animals even climbed atop an RCMP cruiser to get a better view of the pot bust, said Mansveld.

About 1,000 to 1,200 pot plants were growing in the field.

The Mountie didn't rule out the possibility that the bears were fed marijuana.

"Maybe they mixed some pot into the food -- it's possible it's why they were so laid back ... they were just lollygagging around," he said, adding the bears had made friends with a raccoon and pot bellied pig also found on the property.

But Mansveld said the plight of the bears is no laughing matter, given their habituation to being fed by humans.

The animals are in the custody of B.C. conservation officials who'll now decide what to do with them.

"The ultimate fate of these bears is that they might have to be destroyed," he said.

"If you're really an animal lover, you don't kill the animal with kindness."

Police say it appears the bears have been a fixture at the wooded farm for some time.

It's an extreme example, said Mansveld, of a underground industry with deep, widespread roots in the area.

"It doesn't do the area any good -- we want to be on the map for the lake, hiking, golfing and fishing," he said.

A man and woman present when police arrived are facing charges related to marijuana cultivation.

There's no word if they'll also be facing animal abuse charges.



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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #1 on: Aug 18, 2010, 09:19 PM »
Cool story.  It is too bad that the bears might have to be destroyed.  :(
Ricky should give them some pointers on how to wean the bears off the dope.

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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #2 on: Apr 12, 2011, 05:44 PM »
Damn that's freaking crazy stuff.  Although why not send the bears to a zoo instead of killing them?  The article said they were laid back and not aggressive so that SHOUTS zoo animal to me... PLus since they're accustomed to being fed by humans it makes it even more logical. Sometimes I wonder why law enforcement thinks like that.

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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #3 on: Apr 12, 2011, 06:20 PM »
Good point RedRaven.  If only some zoo, somewhere, wants them.  I wonder what was the outcome?, since this thread is 8 mos. old.

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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #4 on: Apr 12, 2011, 07:08 PM »
Poor bears, they always seem to get the shitty end of the stick. I wouldn't expect there to be a happy ending to this story - if a dog sledding company can get away with killing 100 huskies because they are no longer needed (FUCKING COCKSUCKERS!!) I don't think a bunch of bears would fare well. Please someone prove me wrong!

I wish people would leave bears the fuck alone (except in self defence, of course).  :(

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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #5 on: Apr 12, 2011, 07:55 PM »
I hope it has a happy ending.
 I read about that sledding company shitass!!

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Re: Bears used to guard grow-op
« Reply #6 on: Apr 12, 2011, 08:31 PM »
I didn't hear about that sled dog thing! That's terrible! I may be a stoner but at least I have a little something called compassion...