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For the third time this month, authorities are reporting a bear sighting in Saanich.

Saanich Police have issued an advisory after a hiker came across a bear in the Beaver Lake Road area at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The wild animal was headed towards the lake in the Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

When Saanich Police and Saanich Pound officers arrived, they found that it was actually a mother bear and her cub. The pair walked away when confronted by humans.

The BC Conservation Office has been notified and police are working with CRD Regional Parks to create awareness of their presence in the area.

Police are now advising everyone to avoid the area, and are working on alerting the people currently inside the park.

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