59 bears were captured in the Fort McMurray area this year.
That’s the third highest in over ten years.
District Fish and Wildlife Officer Tyler Murphy says of those 59 bears captured, they were able to relocate 39 of them, while 18 had to be euthanized for various reasons, including public safety and poor health or age.
Murphy adds the wildfire in May had no noteworthy effect on the number of bears in the region.
Not like in 2011, when the Richardson fire, north of the city, created a large spike in bear activity that summer, with 234 of them having to be relocated.
Meanwhile, Murphy says most bears have gone into hibernation now, except for the few who haven’t figured out it’s bed time for the winter.