When Victoria Clarke and her son Andrew set out into the driveway earlier today, they had planned to clean the family car. The job was just about done when Clarke heard a strange noise across the street.
“I’m not sure what exactly I heard, a person or something across the street there. A bear came across so I tried to jump into the back seat with my son.”
Her son was already sitting in the back of the car. Clarke slammed his door shut and hopped in the front seat as fast as she could.
“I was just worried because I had no phone or keys and my windows were halfway down so that we wouldn’t be too hot in the car cleaning it so I just wanted Conservation to come so that we could safely get out of the vehicle before it came down.”
The pair kept quiet and also kept a watchful eye on the bear, which had climbed to the top of the tree.
“Andrew was looking out the window and through the sunroof. We could see right up into the tree. It was nice and clear, he was a little bit worried because I was worried. There were bystanders around who were saying to stay in the car safely and not try to get into the house.”
Clark explains that after 70 minutes, the principal of College Heights Secondary School helped the pair into the house. Shortly after, the Conservation Officer showed up.
“I just stayed in the house until they had finished with the tranquilizer and got the bear down. And then I was able to come out.”
The Conservation Officer has confirmed the bear was tranquilized and has been relocated. According to the C.O., this year there have been 12 incidents of bears being reported as a disturbance.
Clarke’s tale is serving as a reminder to others that bears have come out of hibernation and are hungry. It’s a reminder to the public to make sure no garbage is left out, and bears aren’t given a reason to wander into your neighbourhood.