A Canadian man has pleaded responsible to capturing and injuring a black bear in Alberta’s Jasper National Park.
Serge Painchaud, 42, has been fined CA$7,500 (about $5,641) over the incident, which happened in August of final yr and was a violation of a searching restriction beneath the Canada National Parks Act, The Guardian reports.
Painchaud had gone hiking with two mates however bought drained earlier than his companions and turned again alone. While on his personal, he noticed a bear about 100 toes away and throughout a creek, in accordance with the case’s agreed assertion of information obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The hiker mentioned he “became scared” and fired a warning shot into the air with the 20-gauge shotgun he had introduced into the park. Firearms are usually not permitted in Canada’s nationwide parks, a rule that Painchaud informed the court docket he “honestly had no idea” existed.
After the warning shot, the bear took a couple of steps in Painchaud’s path, at which level he shot and injured the animal. The wounded bear rolled down a creek financial institution and fled into the forest.
Justice Rosanna Saccomani mentioned that the worry Painchaud mentioned he felt upon seeing the bear was irrelevant to the case.
″[That] would apply to just about each single person in your scenario,” she mentioned, per the CBC. “We’re all afraid of bears.”
Parks Canada spokesperson Kevin Gedling mentioned on the time of the incident that wardens discovered bear blood on the scene however had been unable to search out the injured bear. He told the Western Standard that the forest panorama made the search “very challenging” and famous that injured bears may very well be aggressive and harmful.
The U.S. National Park Service notes that bear assaults are uncommon and has a detailed guide describing what hikers ought to do in the event that they encounter bears. The recommendation consists of remaining calm, making your self look as giant as attainable and talking in a relaxed, firm voice. It’s essential to by no means run from a bear, as they’re quick runners and instinctively chase a fleeing animal.