Conservation officers took in the bear for a check-up. (Photo courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)

Langford firefighters help rescue tranquillized bear from a tree near city hall

Residents have been reporting on social media that a bear was recently seen in the area

A bear was tranquillized and safely brought down with the help of two firefighters Saturday night near Langford City Hall.

A B.C. conservation officer had tranquillized the bear stuck in a tree on Hockley Avenue and Jacobson Road.

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Langford Fire Rescue responded to a request from West Shore RCMP at 10:45 p.m. that the “treed” bear needed rescue, Chief Training Officer Scott Davidson said.

Though it was a large tree, the rescue “didn’t take too long,” he noted.

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“Once we set up the ladder, two firefighters went up and grabbed the bear and brought it back down,” in a safe and relatively straight-forward process, he added. Conservation officers then took in the bear for a check-up.

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Conservation Officer Peter Pauwels told Black Press Media his team is “getting lots of bear sightings” and “bear and livestock issues” in recent weeks.

Pauwels, who noted officers have been busy investigating their encroachment into urban areas like Langford, reminded residents hungry bears have been leaving surrounding wildernesses in search of food this time of year and to secure their garbage.



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