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4/11/2018 5:31:47 AM

It's bear season and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has opened its bear wise hotline.

This is the time of year bears come out of hibernation and start looking for food.

Already the tip line has received reports of bear sightings, including one on a 4th Line property in Amaranth on April 1.

Click here to learn how you can prevent encounters with bears.

    Who to contact in an emergency:

    Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and: enters a school yard when school is in session
    enters or tries to enter a residence
    wanders into a public gathering
    kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
    stalks people and lingers at the site Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.


    Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear 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
    moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering From Dec 1-March 31, please contact your local MNRF District office.


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