Reports of a mother black bear and three cubs have been received in the Old Goulais Bay Road area at Coronation Street. If seen do not approach. Even if the cubs appear to be alone they are not approachable, the mother bear is in the area and will respond to calls from the cubs for protection.
Residents are reminded to keep garbage secure and inaccessible to animals. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service works closely with The Ministry of Natural Resources to monitor the incidents of sightings and coordinate a response. Members of the public are urged to contact the Police and The Ministry of Natural Resources Bear Wise Hotline to report encounters.
In an emergency situation where a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety, people are encouraged to call 911 immediately. These situations may include a bear that is;
Entering a school yard when school is in session,
Stalking people and lingering at a site,
Entering or trying to enter a residence,
Wandering into a public gathering, and;
Killing livestock/pets and lingering at the site.
For all non-emergency encounters citizens are encouraged to call the toll-free Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641). These situations may include a bear that is;
Roaming around, checking garbage cans,
Breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored,
In a tree,
Pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue, and;
Moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering.
Trained staff with The Ministry of Natural Resources can provide advice about black bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts, and how to remove attractants from your property to reduce your chances of an encounter.
The Bear Wise program provides advice to municipalities, the public, and other stakeholders about what they can do to keep black bears away from urban and semi-urban areas and how to manage problem bears. Visit Ontario.ca/bearwise for tips on how to reduce the chances of an encounter and to learn more about bears.
Remember, it only takes one property where attractants are not managed carefully to draw bears into a neighbourhood. Everyone must work together to help keep attractants to a minimum and reduce the likelihood of an encounter.