It's that time of year. With the blueberries out, bears are out searching for food.
Staff Sargeant Carole Dionne talks about when to call police, if you run into a bear.
"Members of the public are asked to call, when it's an emergency situation and you can contact your local police service or call 9-1-1 when you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to your personal safety, when they exhibit a type of threatening or aggressive behaviour," she said Friday.
If the bear isn't posing a risk, then the OPP say the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's bear-wise number is more appropriate.
Call 911 if a black bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, such as:
- Entering a school yard when school is in session
- Stalking people and is lingering at the site
- Entering or trying to enter a residence
- Wandering into a public gathering
- Killing livestock/pets and is lingering at the site.
Police are the first responder for any emergency situation. At the request of police, during daylight hours the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will respond to emergency situations to assist.
Call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641) if a black bear is:
- Roaming around, checking garbage cans
- Breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
- In a tree
- Pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
- Moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering.
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