RCMP escort young bear out of Ladysmith

RCMP in Ladysmith used a couple of cruisers to gently persuade a young black bear to leave the town streets and get back into the bush on Friday.

In a photo posted to the Town of Ladysmith’s Facebook page, RCMP officers in vehicles are shown slowly guiding the bruin along Second Avenue to the Ladysmith Cemetery, where it disappeared into some trees.

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“It’s Friday … which means don’t forget about your Mama Bear this coming Sunday,” said the town’s Facebook post.

“We’re grateful here on Vancouver Island to live among nature and that sometimes means coming into contact with wildlife.”

The town said residents can help manage encounters with black bears by limiting attractants left outside such as garbage cans and compost bins.

The town has more tips on its website: https://www.ladysmith.ca/public-s…/wildlife-in-our-community

Wildlife in urban areas can be reported to the Conservation Officers Service at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or texting #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.

You can also call the Ladysmith RCMP non-emergency line, 250-245-2215.

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