A woman received a combined $60,000 fine for feeding bears from her Kadenwood home in the summer of 2018.
The investigation was launched in July 2018 after the Conservation Office Service (COS) received an anonymous complaint claiming that residents of the Kadenwood neighborhood were deliberately feeding bears.
Zuzana Stevikova, a resident of Whistler, Canada, has been attracting and feeding bears illegally that resulting in safety threats from the neighborhood
According to reports, three bears routinely visited the area because she had been setting up ten cases of apples, 50 pounds of carrots, and 180 eggs per week throughout the summer of 2018.
The food supply certainly attracted the bears, who soon posed a public safety risk to the larger community – animal control officers were forced to euthanize the bears that Zuzana fed.
Visiting black bears exhibited no fear of humans and had become so conditioned to non-natural food that they were deemed ineligible for rehabilitation or relocation. By giving the black bears so much free food, Zuzana was “creating a public safety risk” that forced authorities to euthanize the bears.
“The primary concern of the COS is public safety,” COS Sgt. Simon Gravel stated in the news release. “Illegally feeding or placing attractants to lure dangerous wildlife, such as bears, is an extremely dangerous activity. Once bears learn to associate humans with food, it creates a public safety risk.”
Because of the substantial penalty – most of the $60,000 will benefit the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation – the case was described as “precedent-setting.”
The hefty fine is the largest ever issued for feeding wild animals in Canada.
Sixty grand might seem like a lot – but Stevikova could have received $100,000 in fines if she hadn’t agreed to pay the fine.
This is what happens when you mess with Mother Nature – and the Canadians are put in charge of protecting her from people like this woman.
The first complaint arrived at the Conservation Officer Service office in July 2018. Someone said that someone in the Kadenwood neighborhood was feeding the black bears a feast.
The agency’s Facebook page published the following account: “The COS launched an investigation in July 2018, after receiving a RAPP line complaint advising the Kadenwood neighborhood resident had been feeding black bears for some time.
“The investigation found that Stevikova had been intentionally feeding black bears throughout the summer of 2018. Bulk produce – including up to 10 cases of apples, 50 pounds of carrots, and up to 15 dozen eggs – was purchased on a weekly basis to feed the bears.
“These activities created an extraordinary public safety risk by conditioning bears to human food and presence. In Sept. 2018, Conservation Officers were forced to put down three bears that were repeatedly visiting the area, causing property damage, and exhibiting highly habituated behavior showing no fear of people. The non-natural food conditioning ensured these bears were not candidates for rehabilitation or relocation, as the risk to the safety of area residents and visitors was simply far too great.”