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No black bear found after sighting in Etienne Brule Park

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm EDT

A black bear is seen in this undated handout photo. Parks Canada confirms that a dog did not survive an encounter with a bear on Wednesday evening after escaping from a car which had pulled over on the side of the road to view the bear. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Valerie Domaine, Parks Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Toronto police say no black bear has been found after a reported sighting in Etienne Brule Park Thursday.

Officers were called around 11:15 after someone says they spotted a large black bear drinking from the water.

Sgt. David Hopkinson says officers took the report seriously “because it’s so close to where people walk and live … we have to check it out for people’s safety.”

After a full search of the park and speaking to other people in the area, they had no sightings or signs of a bear.

Hopkinson says they have had reports of bears in the north and east ends of the city, but this is the first time he can recall reviving a report of a bear in the west end.