Bear scare for young family in Gowlland Todd Park

West Shore

2021-07-06 12:09 PDT

File # 2021-12525

On July 3, 2021, members of the West Shore RCMP’s Bike Unit were conducting Search and Rescue training in Gowlland Todd Provincial Park, Highlands, BC, when they got a surprise.

At approximately 3 pm, the officers encountered a distraught family, which included two young children. The family had been hiking when they encountered a bear, which caused them to flee and lose their orientation. Luckily, they ran right into the officers, who identified themselves and made sure the bear wasn’t still in the area. After getting a great photo all together, the officers escorted the family back to their vehicle.

Since our officers won’t always be out training in the hills, we encourage you to prepare for the elements while you are out hiking this summer. The West Shore RCMP have seen an increase in calls from lost and disoriented hikers. This often requires officers to hike into the bush after dark to retrieve people and guide them out.

Here are some common hiking tips to help keep you and our wildlife safe this summer:

Be safe and have fun this summer!

Released by

Cst. Meighan Massey

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP (English only)
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: (250) 474-2264
Fax: (250) 474-8970


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