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Bear spotted in Calgary shopping centre Sunday, residents urged to avoid area

Police search for a bear in southwest Calgary Sunday night. Hector Chaparro / Global News

Calgary police took to social media Sunday night to warn residents to avoid a southwest shopping centre near Heritage Park.

Officials confirmed a security guard spotted a bear eating out of a garbage can in the parking lot at Glenmore Landing Sunday evening.

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Fish and Wildlife were also contacted and a warning was issued on social media, Calgary police told Global News.

The bear was last spotted moving into a wooded area north of Glenmore Landing shortly after it was first seen.

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As of 11 p.m., police were still in the area as a precaution and hoping to prevent the bear from making its way back into the high traffic area. Glenmore Landing is located at 1600 90 Ave. S.W.

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Sunday’s sighting comes after a bear was seen Friday near the Glenmore Reservoir, however it’s not known if it was the same animal in both cases.

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Residents are asked to store garbage in bear-resistant and odour-proof containers as bears are looking for food to fatten up before they head into hibernation.

Any further bear sightings can be reported to the Fish and Wildlife Calgary office at 403-297-6423 during business hours, or to the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

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