Black bear roaming Colwood

A black bear has been making its rounds in Colwood for the past few days.

A hungry black bear was spotted making the rounds in Colwood over last weekend.

Provincial conservation officer Peter Pauwels has received multiple calls from the public about a bear wandering around yards and roadways in the Triangle Mountain area.

The bear was last reported on Betula Place knocking over garbage cans Monday morning.

“I guess it’s garbage day up there,” Pauwels said.

The bear hasn’t approached anyone or appeared aggressive, he said. Conservation officers aren’t actively seeking the bear and are allowing it to leave the area on its own. The bear is reported as average size, possibly 150 to 200 pounds.

“The bear is in a really busy area,” Pauwels said. “There is not a lot we can do. Right now it’s running around on the road and there is no point in chasing it.”

Last week, residents reported a bear roaming the gravel pit area in Colwood.

West Shore RCMP Const. Claudia Wytrwal said putting garbage out for pickup at night instead of in the morning helps draw bears into the city.

“Once a bear eats garbage it’s now a fed bear,” Wytrwal said. “Then it knows there is buffet on the street.”

Along with securing garbage, residents are reminded to keep outdoor barbecues cleaned of fats and yard clear of fruits.

West Shore RCMP does not get involved in bear sightings unless the bear poses threat to the public. If a bear is spotted do not approach it. Call conservation officers at 250-391-2225 or 1-877-952-7277.



Just Posted

Saanich passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Colwood Elementary gets new inclusive and accessible playground equipment

Parks and playgrounds on the West Shore have equipment for everyone

B.C. Guide dogs is looking for volunteer puppy raisers

Labrador retrievers need to learn obedience and socialization before heading to work

Greater Victoria businesses lose thousands of dollars in credit card scams

Affected businesses want to spread the word to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else

Tent city campers prepare to leave Uplands Park

Vehicle access remains restricted at Cattle Point

WATCH: Twelve Angry Jurors puts a new spin on an old tale

Canadian College of Performing Arts opens season with reworked version of Reginald Rose teleplay

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read