Bear sighting
(File photo)

Saanich Police have issued a statement advising the public that a bear was spotted on Thursday morning.

In their tweet, authorities state that the animal was seen “just strolling along” in the 5100 block of Interurban Road.

This is the second bear sighting in the municipality this month, the first of which resulted in an advisory after the animal was seen attempting to get into garbage left on a residential property.

This time, however, police state that the bear was not eating garbage and was not aggressive. Regardless, Conservation Service have been notified of its presence in the area.

Earlier this month, authorities advised people to secure their garbage in order to avoid encounters with bears.

As hibernation season comes to an end, sightings will become more common as the animals wander in search of food.