A black bear sow and her cubs became YouTube stars last week when conservation officers in Yukon captured their successful relocation. The bears were rummaging around household garbage in Whitehorse neighbourhoods and needed to be moved away from people this month.
“Relocation isn’t an ideal situation because there’s no guarantee they’ll adapt to their new habitat, but it was the best option here,” Yukon Environment noted in posting the video July 10. “Using a locking mechanism on garbage and compost bins or keeping them secure inside until pick-up days can prevent situations like this.”
The heartwarming video shows the mama bear and her babies take off from the truck and into the new life lease on life in the wilderness.
The two men high-five for what they call a “job well done.”
“She got a second chance at life,” an officer says as the video concludes.
But now, heartbreak.
The mother bear crossed the Yukon River to return to the same Whitehorse neighbourhood this week. The animal was going through trash and was killed by conservation officers, according to The Canadian Press. Officers didn’t know the animal had cubs, which officials are now trying to capture and assess.