Police in Langford are alerting the public after an “aggressive” black bear encounter at Mount Wells Regional Park this week.
West Shore RCMP say a bear charged at a hiker exiting their vehicle in the park’s main parking lot, found along Humpback Road, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
RCMP officers responded to the scene, and the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) has been notified, police said in a Wednesday evening tweet.
Public Alert. June 1st at 3pm. Aggressive black bear report at Mt. Wells Regional Park in main parking lot. Charged at hiker who exiting vehicle. RCMP on site. Conservation Officers have been advised.
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) June 2, 2022
It follows a similar incident on northern Vancouver Island last month.
On May 21st, the BCCOS renewed a call for locals to take precautions following an “unusually aggressive” black bear encounter in a residential area of Port Hardy the day prior.
RCMP helped a man get to safety amid confrontation, which prompted reminders for people to familiarize themselves with bear safety tips.
It’s important to travel in groups, keep pets close and remain calm in the event of an encounter, using pepper spray if a bear gets too close, according to conservation officers.
For more details about black bear behaviour and how to respond when spotting one, the BCCOS points to a series of safety videos posted on its website.
Conservation officers urge people to report any bear sightings immediately to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 (877) 952-7277.