OPP Issue Warning Regarding Nuisance Black Bears

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May 10th 2014 - Fifth Line

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Detachments warn the public regarding nuisance black bears observed repeatedly in the local communities.

The OPP continues to advise the public to be cautious when out in the evening and night time hours.  There are still numerous bears that have been observed in the area.  Garbage should be secured inside a structured building at all times and not placed at curb side until the morning of scheduled pick up.  Each time a complaint has been received the bears are eating from garbage cans put out the night before or improperly stored.  Other calls for service resulted when a bear returned to an area where it had found a food source previously.  Bird feeders and apple trees are a food source as well ensure these are cleaned up to prevent attracting unwanted guests.

The OPP will respond to emergency calls about wild animals if there is an immediate threat to the public.  The only option available to the police is to destroy the threat. The simple fact that they are wandering around town is not a police matter and if left alone they will go about their business and leave.  Wild animals frequenting built up areas is usually a learned habit resulting from people leaving food sources (garbage) accessible to them.  To avoid these animals from becoming nuisances and threats requires the public to eliminate the food sources in town.  Failure to do this will ultimately train them to continue in this habit which will generally result in their death or serious consequences to humans and their property.

For more information or to report a problem bear, visit www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/report-bear-problem-bear-wise