Be Bear Wise This Spring - 2012
Ontario is reminding families to take simple precautions this spring to help prevent attracting black bears as they come out of hibernation.
The potential for human-bear conflicts increases when there is little natural food for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas.
Follow these simple instructions to minimize the chances of attracting black bears:
- Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Put out garbage only on the morning of pick-up.
- Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar also attract bears.
- Clean outdoor grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills.
People who have problems with bears can call the toll-free bear reporting line anytime at 1-866-514-2327. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local police.
- Since 2004, Ontario's Bear Wise program has been educating people about bears, how to avoid attracting bears and how to prevent human-bear conflicts.