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Victoria International Airport Authority warns of bear on popular path

Sign posted along the Flight Path reads, ‘caution – bear in area’
This sign cautioning of a bear currently greets users of the Flight Path, a 9.3 km bike-and-walking trail around Victoria International Airport. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Victoria Airport Authority is warning users of a popular recreation path about the presence of dangerous wildlife.

A yellow-coloured warning sign with words ‘caution – bear in area’ currently stands in at least one spot along the Flight Path, a 9.3 km bike-and-walking trail around the airport.

Rod Hunchak, director of business development and community relations, said the sign is one of several alerting the public. Staff put up the signs out of what Hunchak called was an abundance of caution after an airport employee had noticed a black bear in the area Saturday (May 29) around 1:40 p.m. No additional details about the bear are available.

RELATED: Bear spotted on Saanich trail serves as reminder to be aware

Hunchak said both Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and B.C. Conservation Officer Service received calls about the sighting, which happened in a wooded area near the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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