April is the beginning of bear season and The OPP are reminding people to do their part to avoid human – bear interactions. As bears wake up after a winter of hibernation, they are faced with a lack of natural food sources, leading black bears to forage for food in garbage cans and bird feeders. The Opp are asking that you check around your home for items that may entice bears to your home. Some helpful tips to deter hungry bears are to store garbage in trash bins with lids, only put out your garbage on the morning of pick up……feed birds only in winter while bears are hibernating…Clean food residue and grease from outdoor barbecues and keep pet food indoors. What do you do if you do see a bear in your community?????? You can call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. The line is open 24hours a day – 7 days a week from April 1 to November 30th. If you see a bear and it’s exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police immediately.
With summer just around the corner – one thing is certain, you can expect to see gas prices in the area to continue to rise and that’s thanks to the introduction of the so-called ‘summer blend’ . Since then – fuel prices have gone up and Gasbuddy.com’s Sr. petroleum analyst, Dan McTeague, believes summer gas prices will climb very close to all-time highs – north of $1.40 this year. But some analysts don’t agree – Roger McKnight, Chief Petroleum Analyst with Enpro. says he can’t see it going that high. He says he expects to see prices dip, but not until after the May-long weekend.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP is looking for information regarding a break and enter to a home on Round Lake Road in Laurentian Valley Township. According to the report…the property owner returned home on Tuesday evening, March 27th at approximately 9:30pm and interrupted a break and enter in progress. The home owner sustained serious injuries after he was assaulted by the suspect. The suspect then stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle, which had been burned, was recovered a short time later on Round Lake Road. Anyone with information regarding this incident or who may have observed stopped vehicles or persons walking or hitch-hiking on Round Lake Round between Henan Road and Borne Road between 9pm and 1030pm on March 27th are asked to contact the Crime Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-018, they can also call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.valleytips.ca.
Police are reminding people to be extra cautious when near the water around this time of year. Creeks and streams are starting to rise thanks to things like warmer temperatures … spring rain … and melting snow. Officials say be careful because the currents are quite strong and fast moving … and the water is still extremely cold. They’re even cautioning kids to be leery of culverts as they can be very dangerous and tempting to play around. Officials encourage parents to accompany them whenever they are around water. People and their pets should stay back from the water’s edge … which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Boaters should be on the lookout for floating debris … and docks that may have become dislodged from their moorings during the winter months.