Langford firefighters rescue young bear in tall tree behind city hall

A black bear nestled in a tall tree behind Langford City Hall was rescued by Langford firefighters Saturday night.

The bear was tranquilized by a B.C. conservation officer. However, the bear remained in the tree after it was tranquillized, Capt. Paul Obersteller said.

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Obersteller and firefighter Darryl Pighin, using a ladder truck, retrieved the bear, which was about 25 feet up in the tree.

“The two of us went up in the bucket of the ladder truck and positioned it just below the bear,” Obersteller said. “We then managed to bring the bear into the bucket with us. We lowered the bucket back to its stowed position and then carried the bear off the ladder truck.”

Lt. Ken Benedict and firefighter Simon Chadwick were on the ground and helped bring the bear off the truck.

The young bear was much more muscular than Obersteller imagined, weighing about 160 pounds.

The bear was tagged and is being assessed by conservation officers.

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