black bears found guarding a marijuana patch last summer are getting ready to come out of hibernation and the Canadian Royal Mounted Police are trying to come up with a plan to deal with them.
The bears were found near Christina Lake in British Columbia, Canada on property owned by Allen Wayne Piche, who has dubbed himself 'the bear dude'. Piche has been charged with feeding dangerous animals on his property, but hasn't yet been charged with any drug violations.
Nearly 1,000 pot plants were found growing on the property. Piche allegedly bribed the bears with dog food to get them to guard the plants for him.
After a long winter of hibernation, the bears are expected to emerge from their winter sleeping places and officials are trying to decide what should be done.
"We are hoping if there is no food they will start foraging naturally - if they don't, we will have to have a plan of action,' said B.C. Minister of Environment Terry Lake.
Lake says that it's possible that the bears will pose a nuisance to humans in the area and may have to be destroyed. He says the bears are not afraid of humans and are tame and playful.
Maybe they got into the stash?