CANNABIS CULTURE – Why spend thousands of dollars on a complex grow-op security system when nature has already provided the perfect sentinel? Police in B.C. have raided an outdoor grow apparently patrolled and guarded by black bears.
In a fascinating tale from Christina Lake, British Columbia, the CBC is reporting that RCMP officers have discovered a 1000-plant grow protected by about 10 black bears. Turns out the bears may have been trained to be ‘smarter than your average’:
“[Officers] soon noticed the bears were docile and tame,” Mansveld told CBC News. “One of them jumped on our unmarked car for a while. But it soon became apparent they were habituated to the grow operation.”
It was evident the animals had lived on the property for some time, police said.
The woman accused of running the grow-op has been feeding the bears for years, one neighbour said.
Locals told the press of an “urban legend” about a “Bear Lady” who lives deep in the woods, taming bears “as pets”.
“The story was that they come in and sit on her couch and watch television with her,” Brian Taylor, the Mayor of Grand Forks, told the CBC.
Though it might sound like a great option for protecting your garden, wild bears who have come into contact with and been fed by humans have a very difficult time going back to their natural diets and can be quite dangerous. Sadly, conservation officers in B.C. say they may be forced to destroy the large animals.
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