Central Hastings OPP Warn Residents of Bear Sighting

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A black bear with its nose buried in a food container eats trash out of a residential garbage bag in summertime. Shutterstock photo.

(Marmora, ON) On 21 June 2017 at 5:00 am, members of the Central Hastings OPP detachment responded to a report of a black bear in the area of Bursthall Street in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake. The bear was not located. A business located in the area was reminded to keep their garbage bins closed.  

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding people to take simple precautions to prevent attracting black bears.

The potential for human-bear conflict increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas.

Follow these instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears:

  • Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup.
  • Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar attract bears.
  • Pick fruits and berries as they ripen. Don’t let them rot on the ground.
  • Clean outdoor barbeque grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills.
  • Keep dogs on leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs back to you.

If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. The police may request support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to respond to emergency situations, on a case-by-case basis.

For non-emergencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry operates the toll-free, 24/7 Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327) and the Bear Wise website to provide the public with information and advice.

The OPP want to remind people not to approach bears because although they are cute they are wild animals and can be unpredictable