The bears are out and about.

So, police are reminding walkers and hikers to be aware. Dogs should be kept on a leash, as they may provoke a bear attack.

If you're  in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. The Bear Wise toll-free number can be reached 24 hours a day, if you see bears roaming around.

Tips for preventing bears from visiting your neighbourhood include:

  • Storing garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Only put garbage out on the morning of pickup (may already be a local by-law).
  • Filling bird feeders, including seed, suet and nectar, only during the winter when bears are hibernating.
  • Cleaning food residue and grease from outdoor barbecue grills after each use.
  • Keeping pet food indoors.

Non-Emergency Encounters:

Call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641)

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