Black bear moseys down from tree in south Winnipeg, now 'minding its business'
Conservation officers still on lookout after bear leaves under cover of darkness
A black bear that wandered into a Winnipeg neighbourhood Saturday made its way down from a big tree overnight and is now "minding its business," according to the Manitoba Conservation officer who waited until the evening hours for it to come down.
Conservation officers checked the tree Sunday morning to find the bear was gone.
Robert Belanger expects to get a call if someone in the area around Christie Road, south of the Perimeter Highway, sees it. For now, he said, there's nothing more Manitoba Conservation can do.
You can report a bear sighting to your local Manitoba Wildlife Branch office.
Belanger said it's "not odd at all" for bears to make appearances within, or near, city limits.
"Bears live amongst us. They are around us all the time. We live in their backyard," he said.
"Everybody's always shocked to see a bear in the city of Winnipeg, when in actuality the bears are around the neighbourhood all the time. They're on the fringe. They follow the river, they follow creek beds. We just don't see them as often as we do foxes or coyotes, but certainly bears are around us."