June 19, 2017 3:22 pm
Updated: June 19, 2017 10:35 pm

Jail break: Four out of five bears returned after escaping Langley wildlife facility

A hole in the roof presents escape opportunity for five bears at Critter Care facility in Langley. As Geoff Hastings reports, all but one has been returned.


Getting four out of five isn’t usually too bad, except maybe when it involves bears.

A Langley wildlife care facility is missing one young bear cub after the roof of its enclosure collapsed on Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m.

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Critter Care Wildlife Society, a wildlife shelter that rehabilitates, rescues and releases injured and orphaned animals, said in a Facebook posting that part of their bear enclosure roof suddenly collapsed, allowing five one-and-a-half year old bear cubs to escape.

“We were able to keep them up on the roof while we were waiting for the conservation officers to come,” Critter Care senior animal care supervisor Angela Fontana said.

Critter Care staff dealing with bears who have escaped to the roof of their enclosure on June 18, 2017.

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Four of the five cubs were lured back into the secured closure but one “bolted for the forest” after spying a conservation officer. While the cub is still missing, the wildlife society says it’s a local bear and there is no safety risk.

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Even though conservation officers had planned to release the cub on Wednesday, they will still watch for the bear. Fontana says the bear was originally picked up in Coquitlam and there are no plans to re-capture her.

Critter Care asks anyone who spots the tagged bear to call conservation officers at 1-877-952-7277 and notify the society so they can continue to track her movements.

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Fontana said two of the four remaining bears were released by conservation officers Monday morning.

While Langley is considered a rural area and the cub is not considered a threat to the public, the society reminds people to be aware they’re in ‘bear country’ and to avoid leaving food out that would attract wildlife.

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