Sam van der Merwe was walking his dog early Monday morning when he spotted something just as fuzzy, but much bigger in Portage Park.
“My dog was going crazy and I couldn’t figure out why,” said the View Royal resident. “I don’t have the greatest eyesight so I used my camera to look into the forest nearby.”
Standing about 20 feet from the edge of the tree line, he snapped a photo and took a second look at his capture. What van der Merwe thought was a raccoon turned out to be a black bear. In all his years of walking his dog along the same trail, he had never seen one in the area before.
“I hot-footed it out of there as fast as I could.”
West Shore RCMP said they received a report of a bear near the 100-block of View Royal Avenue beside Portage Park, earlier Monday morning. Police are asking that residents do not approach the bear.
Conservation officers have been notified of the sighting.