SHAWNIGAN LAKE, Canada - A black bear caught lingering outside a classroom in Canada was scared away by a music teacher armed with a trombone. The animal was spotted on May 27 outside St. John’s Academy Shawnigan Lake on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
Video recorded by Makayla Mitchell at the private school shows the bear lingering on a wooden structure containing a garbage bin. At first, a science teacher tried banging on a door to scare the bear away, Mitchell told Storyful. While the loud noises initially startled the bear, they didn’t prompt the animal to leave. Eventually, the school’s music teacher, Tristan Clausen, can be heard in the video blowing on his trombone — leading the black bear to quickly scurry away."Rural teaching: I just chased a bear away with a trombone," Clausen posted to Facebook that day."That may just mean your trombone playing is kind of scary," one responder quipped. A screengrab from a video shows the black bear outside St.
John’s Academy in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, on May 27, 2022. (Credit: Makayla Mitchell via Storyful) It’s estimated that there are more than 120,000 black bears across Canada’s British Columbia province and over 7,000 on Vancouver Island alone. Black bears are rarely aggressive toward people and typically go out of their way to avoid contact.
But they are particularly attracted to foods that are abundant and "high in protein and energy" — often bringing them into contact with human beings, according to British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Bears have an incredible sense of smell and are often lured by garbage, human food, pet food and bird feeders. Wildlife experts say to store all such items in secured areas away from bears and keep grills and
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