Black bear strolls through Calgary golf club

Calgary police do their best to corral a black bear in the community of Lakeview in Calgary, Alta.,...

Calgary police do their best to corral a black bear in the community of Lakeview in Calgary, Alta., on August 27, 2014. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

Shawn Logan, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

CALGARY -- It wasn’t the hazard Heather Monaco expected when she took her eight-year-old son to the Earl Grey Golf Club Wednesday.

Shooting an early morning round with her boy Carter at the southwest club along the Glenmore Reservoir, she had no idea there was a furry spectator lurking nearby.

“There was a bear right beside us but we didn’t know until one of the greenskeepers came up and told us,” she said.

The young black bear that swam up from the reservoir was no more than six metres from the mother and son when they got the warning.

“We watched him frolicking in a net and then we decided to get out of there,” Monaco said, noting the trio ran and scaled a nearby fence.

Shortly after, the bear clambered over the exact same part of the fence where they made their escape.

As police and fish and wildlife officials arrived on scene, the young bruin made its way to residential Lakeview, taking shortcuts through backyards and through a park before returning to the reservoir and a wooded area to the south.


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