Bear spotted in Qualicum Beach

Full-grown bear spotted in complex at Berwick and Rupert roads

Arlene Burnett got quite the shock Monday morning when she looked into her Qualicum Beach back yard.

Burnett said she saw a full-grown bear in her backyard this morning (Oct. 23) shortly after 7 a.m. Burnett lives in the Berwick Park complex at the corner of Berwick and Rupert roads.

“I was awake and I heard something and I looked out the bedroom window and there he was into the compost,” said Burnett, adding there wasn’t anything in the compost bin.

Burnett said she and her husband both saw the bear.

“I’ve never seen anything like that in our back yard before. It was quite a surprise.”

Burnett said she phoned her neighbour across the street, who had been out walking her dogs prior to the bear sighting.

If anyone sees a human-wildlife conflict that they believe could threaten public safety, they are asked to call the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

— NEWS Staff

Just Posted

Multiple Parksville resorts report stolen Christmas decorations

Oceanside RCMP say three thefts likely occurred on same night

Tidesmen awash with festive tunes for Parksville performance

Male chorus bringing classics, and 21st century holiday love song to Knox

VIU researches importance of French Creek Estuary area

Estuary not currently included in any protected areas

RDN director seeks land-based disposal option for Area H project

McLean believes there is technology district has not fully explored

Crime Report: Grinches steal seven lightup reindeer from Parksville business

Other incidents in weekly roundup include thefts of a school bus and carousel horse

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Majority of Nanaimo’s Discontent City residents moved into supportive housing sites

A few spaces remain at Terminal Avenue and Labieux Road locations

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Most Read