Bear sightings in North Surrey

A second bear sighting in less than a month had several Surrey schools on alert Tuesday morning.

The bear was first spotted near Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Newton, near 72nd Avenue and 126th Street at around 7: 30 a.m.

“It was heading through somebody’s back yard,” said Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP, who said conservation officers attended.

According to Doug Strachan, spokesperson for the Surrey school district, notices were sent out to schools nearby, which included Princess Margaret Secondary and Cougar Creek Elementary.
“The officers were watching out for it, conservation was there,” Strachan said.

Strachan said this time around, the RCMP contacted the schools directly as well as alerting the district, ensuring the right information was getting to the right people, and making sure nobody was blowing anything out of proportion.