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Police Remind Reisdents What To Do If They Spot A Bear After One Reported Roaming The West End Of Peterborough On Monday

PETERBOROUGH-After a black bear was spotted in the west end of the City of Peterborough recently, Peterborough Police Service is reminding residents what they can do if they spot a bear in their area.

The Ontario Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has a Be Bear Wise website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise

If it is an emergency situation call 9-1-1.  If it is not an emergency, residents are asked to call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327.

Emergency situations are when the bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and exhibits aggressive behaviour such as:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • stalks people and lingers at the site
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site

Peterborough Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources say they often work together in these situations.

Non-emergency encounters include:

  • roams around or checks garbage cans
  • breaks into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • is in a tree
  • pulls down a bird feeder or knocks over a barbecue
  • moves through a backyard or field but does not linger

The Bear Wise line (1-866-514-2327) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from April 1 to November 30.

The Be Bear Wise website also includes safety tips about what to do should you encounter a bear.


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