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Black Bear Sightings in Municipality

Black Bear Sightings in Municipality
Posted on 07/02/2020
Black Bear

Residents are advised that there have been reported black bear sightings in various locations in the urban area of the Municipality.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) cautions that at this time of year, natural food sources for bears can be scarce, so bears are seeking other available food sources (attractants), some of which may be available on or near your property. It is recommended that residents reduce attractants on or near residential properties by:

  • Storing garbage properly and putting it at the curb for pick-up in the morning of collection day.
  • Removing all bird feeders during foraging period.
  • Do not place sweets or meats in outdoor composters.
  • Freeze meat scraps until day of garbage pickup to help eliminate the smells.

If you spot a bear, please report all non-emergency sightings to the Bear Wise reporting line (1-866-514-2327). This will allow the Ministry to better track bear sightings/movement. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Please refer to the MNRF Bear Wise website, which contains additional information about black bears and how to avoid bear encounters.