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Bear escapes wildlife care facility in Langley

Scott Brown

Langley's Critter Care Wildlife Society is missing one bear after it escaped its enclosure and scampered into the woods on Sunday.

Staff at Critter Care, a rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned wildlife located at 481 216 Street, say five bears broke out of their enclosure when part of its roof collapsed just after 4 p.m.

In a Facebook posting, Critter Care says all protocols were followed and conservation officers were notified but only four of the five bears were successfully lured back into their now secure enclosure.

"However, one of the bears bolted for the forest. She saw the conservation officer and ran the other way," Critter Care said in its posting.

The society says the escaped bear, which they describe as a local bear, does not represent a safety risk to the public. Conservation officers were set to release it back into the wild on Wednesday.

"If you do spot a tagged bear in the Langley Township area please be sure to call conservation officers at 1-877-952-7277 and notify Critter Care (at 604-530-2064 ) so we can track her movements," Critter Care said.