A black bear was reportedly spotted on the University of Victoria campus early Friday, June 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Black bear sighting reported on UVic campus

University urging residents in the area to be careful

A black bear was spotted wandering on the University of Victoria (UVic) campus early Friday morning.

According to a social media post by the university, at approximately 6 a.m. on June 5, members of the UVic campus security reported that a black bear was seen near a parking lot near Finnerty Road. Saanich police and animal control were called.

Callers told police the bear was “just walking around,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the Saanich Police Department. He added B.C. Conservation Officer Services has been advised and that officers have left the scene.

The university has asked that everyone use caution in the area and contact campus security if the bear is seen again.

This incident comes after a number of other bear sightings in the region. On June 3, Saanich police reported four bear sightings in urban areas in approximately 24 hours.

READ ALSO: Bear spotted walking on sidewalk near Uptown

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