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Christina Lake black bears may be returning to the wild

May 24th, 2011

What conservation officers had hoped for may be happening as the black bears of Christina Lake that once “guarded” an extensive marijuana grow operation could be heading back to the wild, the CBC reported Tuesday.

The bears fed by convicted marijuana grower Allen Piche — up to $1,000 of dog food per day — did return to his property in the last few weeks after waking up from hibernation, but once they figured out he was not going to feed them, they left.

Piche pleaded guilty in March to feeding the two dozen wild black bears. He will be sentenced in the fall but he was ordered to stop feeding the bears.

It was rumoured that if the bears could not be weaned off dog food, they might have to be shot.

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