Cormorant Island Grizzlies captured

Two Grizzly bears make their way into live traps

As of 8:55 a.m. this morning, two male Grizzly bears who have been enjoying a short visit to Cormorant Island have been captured alive.

“As far as we know, the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations will have their biologists determine the next step,” said Village of Alert Bay Chief Administrative Officer Justin Beadle.

“It has always been our understanding that the bears will be relocated to a safe place,” Beadle said.

The initial sighting of the bears, who have island hopped over from the mainland, was at Sandyville on the southeast end of Cormorant Island at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.