Be bear aware

Garbage will and does attract bears into neighbourhoods

While driving home at around 8 p.m. Sunday evening, I had an encounter with a black bear mightily strolling across the street with his evident bowed legs and unmistakeable pigeon toed gait… (he was at the corner of Amethyst and Opal).

This area that our new great and mighty now owns is the same area I live in, heavily populated with small children, large families and pets and I am concerned someone may go out to their garbage on a dark evening and run into this very black bear. It seems this bear has been spending a lot of time going through garbage cans looking for its next meal. I quite often find my neighbours cans over on their sides and garbage strewn across the road.

When speaking with the police that evening it was their advice to call the conservation officer, otherwise they will not come out unless the bear is threatening to people or pets. I did make the call to the conservation officers but have not heard back from them.

Please neighbours, keep your pets and children inside, especially after dark! Please stay in groups at Halloween.

B.J. Peterson

Sooke