A bear in Goldstream Provincial Park. (Facebook/Mary-lee Sampson)

Bear sightings historically rare in Langford: City staff

51 bear complaints or sightings in last year

After conducting research and consulting with the Conservation Officer Service, Langford city staff have learned that bear events and sightings have historically been very rare within Langford boundaries.

Bear events and sightings are more frequent within the Highlands, Metchosin or Sooke and when they do occur in Langford, they are in the Bear Mountain Resort area, according to a staff report to the Protective Services Committee.

The report came in light of a request from the Westhills Neighbourhood Residents Group for a $500 grant to create awareness and mitigate bear conflicts.

According to the report, there were 51 bear complaints or reports between March of 2018 and March of 2019. The complaints and reports mostly came from the Bear Mountain and Goldstream Provincial Park areas.

READ ALSO: Teen survives Montana bear attack with minor injuries

One of the complaints was confirmed at the north end of Florence Lake where a bear attempted to hide under a resident’s mobile home. The bear left when the Conservation Officer Service attended the incident.

From March 2017 to March 2018, there were 65 bear complaints or reports, again mostly from the same areas.

“There have been no requirements for the Conservation Officer Service to conduct removal or euthanasia actions on any bear due to extreme nuisance activity within the past five years in Langford,” the report reads. “The busiest months for incoming bear complaints are between June (when bears come out of hibernation) and again in September/October (when the natural food sources become low).”

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Black bear caught snooping around Langford home

There is no firm number of local bears, according to the Conservation Officer Service, but it’s often possible that several complaints could be traced back to a single bear’s presence.

The local government cannot directly regulate bears and similar large animals as they fall within the Wildlife Act. However, local governments can run awareness programs or adopt bylaws to limit attractants for wildlife. Bylaws could mean managing household garbage or fruit-bearing trees.

However, at the time, City staff are not recommending that any bylaw be considered for adoption by Langford City Council.

Council will be providing bear awareness information to Langford residents through the City of Langford website as well as through literature that could be distributed to the public by City Hall, as per staff recommendations.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Woman charged in Saanichton stabbing

One man treated for injuries, released from hospital following Friday assault

Some showers, high of 18 C for Tuesday

Plus your weekly forecast

Sooke’s First Nations have Iroquois links

References to the proud Iroquois race tend to make one think of… Continue reading

Increased rental construction boosts housing starts across Greater Victoria

Rest of Vancouver Island experiencing spillover effect from Greater Victoria

Survey finds 15 per cent of Canadian cannabis users with a valid licence drive within two hours of using

Survey also finds middle-aged men are upping their usage following legalization

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

Most Read