OPP reminding public to be bear wise

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  The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public of the need to be aware that this is the time of year when the public can encounter bear sightings and movements throughout the area.

The majority of human-bear conflicts result from bears being attracted to our community by non-natural food resources and both individuals and Municipalities are responsible to do their part to eliminate attractants and keep our community safe.

 The following safety tips are recommended:

  • Store garbage in waste containers with tight fitting lids.

  • Put garbage out ONLY on morning of pick up.

  • Put away bird feeders – bird seed attracts bears.

  • Clean outdoor grills – bears are attracted to grease and food residue.

  • Pick up fruits and berries as they ripen – don’t let them rot on the ground.

  • Do not leave pet food outside.

  • Put meat scraps and trimmings in freezer until garbage day.

  • Do not put meat scraps, fruit, sweet food in composter – turn compost regularly.

 The Lanark County OPP has already been notified of bear sightings in the Lake Park Road and the 10th Line areas of Beckwith Township. The OPP urge residents to exercise sound judgement and common sense with bear encounters and to simply stay clear of the bear and in particular a sow with cubs.

People can call the toll free Bear Reporting Line at (1-866-514-2327) 24hours/7days/wk and speak to a live operator who will be happy to provide advice on bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts and how to remove attractants. Information is also available on the MNR web-site at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Bearwise/index.html.

What to do if a bear looks aggressive

 If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety you are asked to call 911 or the Lanark County OPP at 613-267-2626 or 1-888-310-1122.