Local Conservation Officers received calls from a number of families in Shawnigan Lake after seeing a family of bears in the area.
Sgt. Scott Norris says the bears were reported in the area of Ingot Road, north of Shawnigan Beach Estates. Norris reminds the public of the importance of not feeding the bears and keeping garbage out of reach, otherwise bears will learn to associate food with houses and people.
Norris says there are many factors as to why there may be a higher volume of sightings.
He adds they are working on capturing the bears for relocation. Norris reminds the public to keep your garbage locked up in your garage or in a bear proof container to keep them from becoming habituated for the safety of the community, as well as the safety of the bear.

Always report bear sightings to your local conservation office.