Three residents of a Coquitlam neighbourhood were arrested Tuesday after allegedly obstructing conservation officers who were tracking a family of bears in the area.
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) says officers had been tracking a mother bear and two cubs for about six weeks, and had tried multiple times to trap them before they became human habituated.
It says when officers arrived on Tuesday, the bears were seen walking away from a trash bin.
That's when several residents say they came out to object to the officers' activities, which reportedly led to tensions and the eventual arrest of the trio. Residents also told Global News that officers confiscated their phones.
Global News has requested comment from both the COS and RCMP about the allegation residents' phones were confiscated.