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Nature calls: Black bear and bees keep VicPD busy

It started about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday with a report that a black bear was in a tree in the Burnside Gorge area
A beekeeper was called in to deal with a swarm near Blanshard and Fisgard streets. VIA VICTORIA POLICE

A black bear in a tree and a swarm of bees made for a busy day Wednesday for Victoria Police Department.

In a post on X, Chief Del Manak said officers’ first nature-related call came about 7:30 a.m. with neighbours reporting that a black bear was in a tree on Washington Avenue, in the Burnside Gorge area.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service was called in, and the bear was tranquilized and taken away, Manak said.

Then about 3 p.m., officers responded to multiple 911 calls about a swarm of bees around a city power box in the vicinity of Blanshard and Fisgard streets.

Police arrived and began diverting pedestrians from the scene as a precaution. Traffic was also briefly diverted.

A beekeeper was contacted to collect the swarm.

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