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McGuinty Government Encourages People To Help Keep Their Communities Safe

As black bears come out of hibernation, Ontarians should take steps to prevent bear encounters and keep their communities safe.

Black bears are often drawn to populated areas looking for food sources, such as garbage or bird feed. Minimize the risk of attracting bears to your property by:

  • Stowing garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids and putting it out on the morning of collection.
  • Putting bird feeders away and offering natural alternatives like flowers, nesting boxes and fresh water.
  • Cleaning outdoor grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. 

Ontarians should report any problems with bears by calling the toll-free, 24/7, reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. For life-threatening emergencies, Ontarians should call 911 or local police.  

Quick Facts

  • Since 2004, Ontario's Bear Wise program has been educating people about bears, how to avoid attracting bears and how to keep communities safe.
  • Bear Wise also supports local prevention programs and partnerships with police to respond to bear incidents.

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“Ontario's Bear Wise Program is making a difference. By removing the items that are known to attract black bears, people are helping to keep our communities safe.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

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