Bear sighting
(File photo)

Early this morning, someone observed an observant bear observing the observatory.

On Oct 16, 2017, at approximately 4:52 a.m., the Saanich Police Department received a
report of a bear sighting in the 5000 blk of West Saanich Rd near the Observatory
entrance.

Saanich Police patrol units were dispatched to the scene but were unable to locate the animal.

Conservation Officer Service Notified

Bear Sighting Observatory
Photo via https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

The BC Conservation Officer Service was advised of the reported sighting.

Area residents, parents of children who may be playing in the area and people visiting
the park are advised to be aware of this sighting.

Further information relating to bear sightings is available at the provincial Ministry of
Environment website.