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Bear on the prowl in the City of Peterborough

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Peterborough Police Service are warning area residents about a bear reported in a residential area in City’s west end Tuesday morning.

Police are advising residents to take the necessary steps to avoid attracting bears into local neighbourhoods by removing attractants. Bears are often attracted to things such as garbage, bird food, including suet, seed and nectar, odours from barbecues and ripe fruit left on trees and on the ground.


Police say if you encounter a black bear:

Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.

Quickly assess the situation and try to determine which type of an encounter this might be – sighting, surprise or close encounter.

When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed, and usually just want to flee. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, provided you don’t approach the bear. The noise is meant to ‘scare’ you off and acts as a warning signal.

If you see a black bear:

  • Do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
  • Make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
  • Always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight
  • Get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
  • Leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
  • If you are with others, stay together and act as a group
  • If the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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