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Allen Piche has pleaded guilty to illegally feeding bears near Christina Lake but is fighting the grow-op charges. The bears are coming out of hibernation and returning to the property. (Globe files/Globe files)
Allen Piche has pleaded guilty to illegally feeding bears near Christina Lake but is fighting the grow-op charges. The bears are coming out of hibernation and returning to the property. (Globe files/Globe files)

B.C. 'pot bears' shot after demanding food from residents Add to ...

Two of several black bears near Christina Lake have been shot after continuing to demand food from area residents.

Conservation officers say the bears are among 30 bruins that were trained to eat dog food and hang around a rural Christina Lake property in southern B.C.

Efforts were made to wean the bears off their primary food source before they hibernated last fall, but conservation officers say the bears had to be shot because they showed no fear of humans this spring - and were walking right up to houses to seek food.

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A Christina Lake man has been charged with feeding dangerous wildlife, an offence under the Wildlife Act that can lead to a fine of up to 100-thousand dollars, a 12-month jail term, or both.

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