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Coquitlam Crunch remains closed on long weekend, bear trap removed

Last Updated Sep 4, 2020 at 11:38 am PDT

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Coquitlam Crunch remains closed over long weekend; bear trap removed

A trap was set for five days after the encounter last weekend, but was removed as bear wasn't caught

A petition has been launched to save the black bear caught on camera swatting a woman on the upper portion of the trail

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — The Coquitlam Crunch trail will remain closed through the long weekend after conservation officers failed to capture a black bear that swatted a runner on the leg.

A trap was set after a bear was caught on camera swatting at a woman last weekend. It was removed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service after failing to trap the bear.

Some people have voiced concern for the bear, starting an petition petition to have it relocated rather than euthanized if captured. It had more than 4,400 signatures as of Friday.

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The trail will remain closed until Tuesday.

Conservation officers will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and are asking people to brush up on safety tips if you’re heading out into bear country this weekend.