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Municipality of North Grenville: Black Bear Safety Tips

Municipality of North Grenville: Black Bear Safety Tips

North Grenville – The Municipality of North Grenville was recently made aware of a black bear sighting along the trails at the Ferguson Forest Centre.

The Ontario government operates a Bear Wise program and provides valuable information on their website ( encounters-bear- wise).

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has advised that a bear who has entered a populated area isn’t necessarily a threat, but it is important to know who to call during a bear encounter.

If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behavior, call 911 for your local police service. For non-emergencies, the Province operates a toll-free Bear Wise reporting line (1-866- 514-2327) from April 1 st to November 30 th to provide the public with information and best practices.

If you see a black bear, here are a few tips from the Bear Wise website:

 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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