A bear cub that gained fame when it had its photo snapped with a Newfoundland RCMP officer has been killed because it was feared to be too friendly. Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers with the Department of Justice euthanized the bear on the weekend after it was seen going up to customers at the Copper Kettle Restaurant inside Terra Nova National Park, near Gander. It had already proved to be a traffic hazard on the nearby Trans-Canada Highway.
Officials said they had previously trapped the cub and moved it to a more isolated spot, but it returned. As cute as the cub may have been, it was still dangerous, particularly because where there’s a cub, the mother is never far behind, said Kirby Tulk, acting resource conservation manager with the park.