As black bears come out of hibernation around the region, the OPP are reminding people to take simple precautions to avoid any human-bear conflicts.
The potential for encounters is amplified when there is little natural food available for the bears and if this happens, they will seek out other food sources including garbage and bird feed. This may draw bears to populated areas.
Officials are asking people to take simple steps which may decrease this potential. This includes: storing garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids, putting out your garbage only on the morning of pickup, taking down your bird feeders, and cleaning your barbecue grill after each use, including the grease trap.
If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, you should call 911 or local police. For non-emergencies, you can call the MNR’s toll-free 24/7 Bear Reporting Line at 1-866-514-2327.