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Bear triggers school lockdown, cools off in pond [video]

A bear yesterday triggered a lockdown in a school and forced the police to issue an alert in Beaverton. Another bear was sighted in Scugog.

“We are happy to hear that the bear made it to a nearby green space. He was found swimming in someone’s pond, possibly cooling off from the heat,” said Durham Regional Police service (DRPS) North Division, in a later update.

“Have a great day everyone. Thank you for everyone’s patience and understanding”.

It said the bear wandered to the north east and away from Beaverton.

“Police are satisfied there is no public safety risk at this time,” it added.

Earlier, a tweet said North Division Officers are dealing with a bear in the area of Lakeland Crescent and King Street in Beaverton in the Township of Brock. “Please remain out of the area and be aware of your surroundings”.

DRPS also announced a Hold and Secure in place at Beaverton Public School after a young bear was spotted.

“Ministry of Natural Resources have been notified. Please don’t approach the bear,” it said.

Durham District School Board (DDSB), also tweeted that Beaverton Public School was under Shelter in Place protocols after a bear sighting in the area. DRPS and Bear Watch have been notified. “Students and staff are safe”.

Meanwhile, the Township of Scugog announced: “There has been an unconfirmed bear sighting in the vicinity of the dog park near the Carolyn Best Diamonds.

“It is recommended to stay away from the area. When outdoors, be aware of your surroundings and keep pets on a leash”.

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