UPDATE: As of 6:35 p.m., the bear cub is free of the gardens and was last seen in the woods near Charlie’s Trail.
The mother bear has still not been sighted.
Earlier: A bear cub is reportedly trapped inside a fenced garden area at Royal Roads University campus in Colwood.
According to an email sent to students and staff at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday evening, the mother bear has not been located.
Visitors at Royal Roads are being advised to not enter the gardens by any gate or entrance until Campus Security has deemed it safe to do so.
“Conservation officers have been called and will be on site with the cub in the early morning,” reads the advisory.
“Campus Security continues to patrol the campus looking for signs of the mother bear.”
If you see a bear, stay calm and keep the animal in view, but avoid eye contact. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, don't run, always keeping the bear in sight. Watch this feed for further updates.
— Royal Roads (@RoyalRoads) September 26, 2019
Earlier today at around 4 p.m., the university issued an advisory stating that a bear was spotted on campus on the forest trail beside Sangster Elementary School.
At this time, everyone at Royal Roads is advised to use the buddy system and not walk alone on campus until further notice.