Bear and 2 cubs captured in Discovery Ridge

Provincial officials closed Griffith Woods Park in southwest Calgary because bears have been seen in the area. (Mike Symington/CBC - image credit)
Provincial officials closed Griffith Woods Park in southwest Calgary because bears have been seen in the area. (Mike Symington/CBC - image credit)

Wildlife officers say they have captured a black bear and her two cubs that have been seen roaming around the Calgary community of Discovery Ridge since early October.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Services say they've been receiving near daily calls about the animals for weeks — initially only sightings but later about bears getting into "unnatural" food sources like garbage.

The bears' activity spurred wildlife officers to close some areas to the public and set two traps in Griffith Woods Park, specifically reports of the bears getting into unsecured garbage and compost bins in the community.

An official said one black bear sow and two cubs have been captured. As of Friday afternoon, it reported efforts are still underway to try to capture the third cub.

WATCH | Discovery Ridge residents capture bears in the area in a video posted Thursday:

"Further decisions about the bears will be carefully made based on the Government of Alberta's Black Bear Response Guide and taking into account both the bears and public safety," said a spokesperson with the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Services.

The ministry said people can help keep both bears and people safe by following bear smart strategies, including storing garbage in bear-resistant and odour-proof containers or buildings.