Bear shot and killed by RCMP officers in Thompson’s Burntwood neighbourhood

A bear wandering though yards in the Burntwood neighbourhood of Thompson around 7:45 p.m. June 23 was shot and killed by Thompson RCMP after being deemed a threat to public safety.

Police arrived in the area first and, after learning that Manitoba conservation officers would not be able to respond in a timely manner, shot the bear as RCMP officers are not issued equipment to tranquilize animals, Thompson RCMP said in a news release. Some conservation officers are trained in the use of tranquilizer guns, said a provincial government spokesperson, but in cases when they do respond to wildlife calls, keeping people safe is always the first priority.

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Police received multiple calls about the bear and said they want to thank everyone who reported it as there were children playing in the area.

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