Cari McGillivray posted head-turning video of two grizzly bears fighting, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Screenshot)

Cari McGillivray posted head-turning video of two grizzly bears fighting, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Screenshot)

Animals, house parties, manhunts: Top 10 most read stories across B.C. in 2019

Here are the stories that caught your eye in 2019

This story is part of Black Press Media’s 2019 Year in Review. Celebrate the end of a decade by taking a look back through our top stories by clicking here.

It was a busy year for news across B.C. this past year, with everything from crazy animal stories to a manhunt for two fugitives making the news.

Here are the top 10 most read stories from across the province:

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray saw a rare and amazing sight near Stewart, B.C., in September, and luckily was able to film it for the rest of us. McGillivray saw two bears bears wrestling across the roadway and standing on their hind legs several times.

Fishermen land piranhas in Nanaimo’s Westwood Lake

It wasn’t quite like a scene from the Piranha movie series, but two fishermen were surprised when they caught something much different from the rainbow trout they were angling for in Nanaimo’s Westwood Lake.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service confirmed this fish caught in Westwood Lake this week was a red-bellied piranha and is the second piranha caught in the lake this year. (Submitted)

Bodies of B.C. fugitives believed to have been found in Manitoba

In August, a nationwide manhunt for two Vancouver Island men wanted for the killing of three people in remote, northern B.C. came to an end.

PHOTOS: Salmon Arm trail cam takes rare shot of wolverine

It was a beautiful day in Salmon Arm in October as Grant Hiebert captured what he thinks is the photo of a lifetime.

A once-in-a-lifetime photo of a wolverine. (SIMDeer)

‘You don’t have to do this:’ Prince George man tells black bear as it tries to drown him

It was a terrifying day for this Prince George man as a black bear chased him and tried to drown him in a lake on the outskirts of the city.

A fight with a bear left a scar Brandon Lattie will never forget. (Brandon Lattie)

WATCH: Video of rocking Surrey house party in 1990 ‘almost like you’re there,’ filmmaker says

“It’s a time capsule, for sure,” is how Rick DeBank describes a video he took of a rollicking Surrey house party from 1990.

Party-goers in Rick DeBanks’ video filmed in 1990. (Photo: youtube.com)

VIDEO: Dashcam shows semi truck rollover in Abbotsford

The man who took the video said he thought “I going to die,” but luckily, the dramatic rollover led to only minor injuries.

Dramatic footage shows a semi truck crash into a truck, then roll over on Sumas Way. (Submitted)

‘The system has fallen apart:’ Victoria woman’s son died a day after being accepted to treatment centre

Jan Mahoney thought the worst was over when she finally got her son, Michael, into a treatment facility. Tragically, she was wrong.

Michael Mahoney died at 21 from a fatal dose of opioids, just a day after his application to a Tier 5 treatment centre was accepted. His mother, Jan Mahoney, now says the application and waiting process for getting Michael into treatment took far too long. (Photo courtesy of Jan Mahoney)

B.C. senior’s $368 ticket for cellphone in cupholder sparks debate

A $368 ticket given to a Richmond senior who left her phone in her car’s cupholder while driving sparked outrage for many.

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

The province’s public insurer, rarely popular, got a complicated new overhaul by the B.C. government this year.


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Project cost $15 million with an additional $1.25 million donated for equipment

Abbotsford Christian Middle & Secondary School closed until May 25 after 10-day exposure. (File photo)
Entire population of Abbotsford Christian Middle & Secondary recommended for testing after COVID cluster

Several staff and students affected after continuous 10-day exposure; campuses closed until May 25

The Reach Gallery Museum is one of three Abbotsford arts and culture organizations to receive Pivot Program grants through the provincial government. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Three Abbotsford arts organizations receive $70K in B.C. grants

Funding awarded through provincial government’s Pivot Program

Jonathan Prest had to climb way up to the top of a dead red cedar tree to rescue a terrified cat, but he made it up and down successfully. (Facebook photos)
Rosedale tree cutter rescues cat stuck 100 feet up a dead and dried-out cedar

Jonathan Prest put himself in extreme peril to get a terrified cat out of a dangerous situation

A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Surrey cedar processor PowerWood moving to Agassiz

The company ships red cedar projects all over the world

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Mike Farnworth, pre-pandemic. (File photo)
Surrey Police recruitment not distracting cops from shootings, Farnworth says

‘That’s simply not the case,’ Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth told the Now-Leader on Friday

Police are at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary but the students have been evacuated. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gardner finds buried explosives, sparking evacuation of Cowichan school

Students removed from school in an ‘abundance of caution’

RCMP officers stand near a body covered with a tarp in the parking lot of a shopping complex after one person was killed and two others were injured during a shooting in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Man, 23, killed in latest Lower Mainland shooting had gang ties: IHIT

Jaskeert Kalkat was one of the three people hit by gunfire at Market Crossing mall at around 8:30 p.m.

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen outside a hospital in Jammu, India, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP/Channi Anand)
B.C. donates $500K to Red Cross COVID-19 relief efforts in India

The money will provide oxygen cylinders and ambulances for patients in communities grappling with the virus

Superintendent Aaron Paradis, community services officer with the Surrey RCMP, during a media availability about a recent drug bust in Port Coquitlam. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Police seize 13 million ‘potentially fatal doses’ of pure fentanyl at B.C. drug lab

The evidence was seized at large, illicit drug manufacturing site in Port Coquitlam

Police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect who allegedly hurled anti-Asian slurs at a family in a Richmond drive-through on May 1. (Benjamin Wong/Screen grab)
Suspect at large in racist tirade at Richmond drive-thru, says RCMP

The Caucasian man was recorded May 1 yelling anti-Asian slurs at a Richmond family in the lineup

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth debates the province’s latest measure to control crime, March 10, 2021. The legislation allows police to impound vehicles used to transport weapons and further restricts sale of vehicle and body armour. (B.C. legislature video)
B.C. seeking ways to ‘name and shame’ gangsters, minister says

Mike Farnworth appeals to family members to talk to police

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

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