Huckleberry Was Coexisting
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FROM Luci and Danielle, North Shore Black Bear Society
August 2020

You were such an easy-going, calm bear. The perfect Deep Cove resident.

Huckleberry Bear

Huckleberry, our journey together began on July 2. You were eating scraps from an organics cart - the enclosure had been left open. Even though you were eating, you were very easy to move on. We walked you back to the forest and hoped to see you again on the trails.

The next time we met, you were at the roadside eating berries. As we walked you back to the forest, you stood and sniffed a garbage can. We used a firm tone and told you to leave - you listened. As you walked away, you left a bright pink scat full of huckleberries! We were so proud of you for eating natural foods, despite all the tempting treats residents had left available to you.

From that moment, we named you Huckleberry!

We met you many times and often you would roll your tongue out at us to smell the air as we walked together back to the forest. We knew you remembered us.

Residents told us you passed through their property, but you were easily moved on. You were such an easy-going, calm bear. The perfect Deep Cove resident.

Reports started coming in of you finding easy rewards from garbage and organics carts. People admitted they allowed you to do that for a video and they neglected to move you on...a death sentence. If only people had used a firm voice with you, you would have listened. Or respected you enough to not have any garbage or food scraps accessible in the first place. We did you a disservice, Huckleberry.

On July 31st you were eating berries at the edge of the forest. We headed out to make sure you were not being crowded or chased by dogs. By the time we reached you, you were being followed by residents who wanted a video of you eating organics from an unlocked cart. Due to the crowd of people, it wasn’t safe for us to move you on. When you finished eating, you calmly walked by and left our gaze.

That was the last time we saw you. Later that day you were tranquilized by the Conservation Officers and taken away to be killed.

murdered Bear

You were willing to coexist, but people were not. You showed us every time we met that you were a good natured bear, we are deeply sorry that we couldn’t save you. We’ll always have a place in our hearts for you, sweet boy.


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