Parents of two North Surrey elementary schools were on alert Tuesday morning following reports of a bear cub being spotted in the area, just before the start of school.
According to Surrey school district spokesman Doug Strachan, parents of students attending James Ardiel Elementary and Surrey Traditional School were notified of the sighting in order to ensure they took precautions in getting their kids to school.
"The RCMP notified our facilities people at about seven in the morning that a bear had been seen in the area and so we notified the radio station just to let the parents know as best we could," said Strachan. "We just wanted parents to be aware and it was up to them if they wanted to drive or walk (their kids) to school."
As of Wednesday, Strachan said there had been no further sightings of the animal.
"It was believed to have left the area as best as police and conservation folks on the site could tell," said Strachan.
The Surrey RCMP's Cpl. Bert Paquet said it was unusual for a bear to be seen in the area, and noted that they were still keeping an eye out for the cub.
"You don't see that very often," he said. "Still looking for the critter. Hopefully the beast went back in the place more suitable for bears."
-with files from Tom Zytaruk
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