People in Haney had an up-close look at the community's wild side Thursday afternoon.
A large black bear was reported in the neighbourhood near the CEED Centre where it clambered up a tree in the residential neighbourhood, about five minutes south of Haney Place Mall.
Guns ready, Ridge Meadows RCMP officers waited on the street for nearly two hours for conservation officers to arrive, just in case the large bruin decided to make its way down.
They also had a bear banger in case it started to come down from tree.
More than a dozen onlookers gathered to watch the scene unfold at 223rd Street and 117th Avenue.
B.C. Conservation officers arrived at just before 4 p.m., and one of them shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun.
A few minutes after getting shot, the bear toppled from the tree, breaking a few branches before landing directly onto a wasps nest in the front yard of a home.
An RCMP officer was stung as he moved in to check on the bear.
The conservation officers and RCMP members worked together to pull the bear from the yard and into a waiting truck, which carried it away.
The bear, which conservation officer James Kelly called a "good big bear" - estimating it weighed between 250 and 300 pounds - was relocated to the east, away from residential areas.
Kelly was unsure where this bear had come from, and said it could have come down any green belt to the Haney neighbourhood.
Although it fell from the tree and was tranquilized, Kelly said it was still somewhat conscious and was able to break its fall on the tree branches as it came down.
The bear sustained no injuries, he added, saying conservation officers wouldn't release it in the wild if it were injured because it wouldn't be able to forage or fend for itself.
Kelly said conservation officers had no previous information about this bear and it wasn't acting aggressively so they felt comfortable relocating it.
Relocation of bears is rare, Kelly said, but this bear had no signs of being habituated to humans.
"This one instance, it was a one-off - we had no previous history on it," Kelly said.
Call volumes for bears in the Maple Ridge area have been "on par" with other years, Kelly said, but he added bears are starting to get ready for hibernation.
At this time of year, bears are fattening themselves up for winter, Kelly said, and he reminded people to secure their garbage and reduce things that attract bears. "An unsecured garbage can is going to be sought after," he said.
Bear sightings or poachers can be reported to 1-877-952-7277.
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