Bear caught on camera in Saanich waterway neighbourhood

Published on May 23, 2024, 3:25 pm

Published by South Island

Catching a bear on camera wandering through the yard in the wee hours of the morning, one Saanich resident didn’t hesitate to alert the block watch captain. That person, in turn, did the right thing flagging the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) and alerting neighbours. The bear was captured on video in the 2800-block of Colquitz Avenue on Tuesday (May 21) around 1 a.m. “To me that’s shocking, I feel that this is not bear country,” said Catherine Culley, the captain in question. “It’s good to know there’s a bear in the area.” In a potentially related situation, conservation relocated a bear from the area Wednesday evening. Conservation had no idea where it came from, or where it hangout, but it did make its way to a heavily populated, urbanized area and found itself with no escape route, explained Scott Norris, sergeant with the south Island COS. “That was a bear we basically had no history on.”

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