OPP Offer Tips To Be Bear Wise
The OPP, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) would like to make residents aware of some Bear Wise safety information.
The OPP says that most human-bear encounters occur when bears are attracted by smells, so removing potential attractants will help avoid unwarranted visitors. Knowing what to do if you come across a bear - and keeping your property free of bear attractants - is being Bear Wise.
- Bears have a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing however their eyesight is limited so it is important to make noise when you move through heavily wooded areas which will alert the bear to your presence.
- Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of a bear like tracks, claw marks on trees or droppings.
- Police say DO NOT wear headphones.
- If you are out with a dog, keep it on a leash. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.
If you do spot a bear:
- Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight.
- If you are near a building or vehicle, get inside as precaution.
The OPP say this time of year sees more bears coming into urban areas in search of food, but not every bear sighting is an emergency situation.