September 16, 2018 8:45 pm
Updated: September 17, 2018 5:46 pm

Another bear sighting in southwest Calgary

Alberta Fish and Wildlife employees were on scene near Weaselhead Flats on Sunday after multiple reports of black bear sightings.

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Alberta Fish and Wildlife employees were on scene near Weaselhead Flats on Sunday after multiple reports of black bear sightings.

Calgary police said they received calls that a bear was near the southwest neigbourhood of Oakridge and was heading towards the water.

Police said members were unable to locate the animal.

Officers said the bear displayed “indifferent behaviour” to the presence of humans but added that people in the area shouldn’t linger.

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Brendan Cox, spokesperson for the government of Alberta, said Monday a person walking on a pathway in the area saw the bear emerge from the bush on top of the reservoir, got startled and then hurry back into the bush.

He said because of the nature of the encounter and the fact the bear wasn’t showing any aggressive behaviour, officers wouldn’t be putting out a trap, but would keep monitoring the area.

“Relocation of a bear is not always the first option, especially if it’s a bear that’s showing healthy wariness of humans or getting into any other sorts of trouble – it’s not an unnatural occurrence,” he said.

On Friday, Fish and Wildlife lifted its closure at Glenmore Landing after several bear sightings. The bear did not enter the trap, which was later removed.

Cox said officials can’t confirm whether this was the same bear spotted last week or a different one. He added that it’s not uncommon to see bears and other wildlife in the Glenmore Reservoir area.

More information on bears and what to do if you encounter one can be found on the Alberta government website.

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