At around 1 p.m. on Sunday, Montreal police received calls about a bear spotted on the loose in Dorval. Six hours and four tranquilizer darts later, the animal was captured safely.
After receiving reports of the bear roaming around backyards in the West Island neighbourhood, police launched a search operation and warned residents to stay inside.
Animal control services were called in to assist police as they cornered and tried to sedate the bear, who had taken refuge in a tree.
The bear was hit with two darts before it escaped and wandered off.
After its initial flight, a security perimeter was established in the area.
The bear was found in another tree, shot with two more darts and fell asleep, Radio-Canada reports.
Once asleep, animal control was able to capture the bear safely.
‘It appeared all of a sudden’
William Weston, who lives on Lake Avenue in Dorval, saw the bear twice in his neighbour’s backyard.
The first time was shortly after police arrived on the scene.
“I went up to our attic floor where there’s a window, trying to see if I could see it. And as I was looking into my neighbour’s backyard, … it appeared all of a sudden.”
Weston said after snapping the picture, he opened the window and yelled to police about its location.
“They were frantically trying to corral it,” he said. “And then I saw it go up a tree.”
The next time he spotted the bear, it had fled the tree and had a dart sticking out of its side.
It’s not yet clear where the bear came from.
According to the Ecomuseum in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the bear isn’t one of their animals.
They only have one bear, a spokesperson confirmed, and it’s accounted for.