Daryn Sherlow sent the following eye witness account to Sooke PocketNews. Following the photos, we are including previous articles by the Debbie Read of Wild Wise Sooke on how to prevent attracting wildlife into residential neighbourhoods.
Sooke PocketNews has an information request out to the Conservation Office, and once we hear from them we will be updating details as required. -SPN
July 6, 2015 – Update from the Conservation Officer Service is as follows: “The RCMP shot and killed it. The COS was on the scene but the RCMP member had a good line of sight to make the shot.”
“The police and the conservation officer took down a nuisance bear in Francis Gardens,” wrote Daryn Sherlow in an email to Sooke PocketNews.
“Approx 6:30 p.m. the police had a bear up a tree. They had recieved a call that the bear lunged at a person walking their dog. After the conservation officer arrived it was decided to take the bear out. The police fired three shots at the bear and it dropped from the tree. The police waited for approx 45 min for the bear to die before heading into the blackberry brambles to get the bear. The bear had other plans and took off down Throup road with the police in hot pursuit. The bear rounded the corner and went into a small wooded area in which the police put it down for good. The police did an excellent job.”