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Bear Encounters - Who Do I Call?

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Bear Encounters - Who Do I Call?

This fact sheet explains who to contact about encounters with black bears.

Emergency Situations

Call 911 or your local police force if a black bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, such as:

  • Entering a school yard when school is in session
  • Stalking people and lingering on site
  • Entering or trying to enter a residence
  • Wandering into a public gathering
  • Killing livestock/pets and lingering on site.

Police are the first responder for any emergency situation. If requested by police during daylight hours, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will respond to emergency situations to assist.

Non-Emergency Encounters

Call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641) if a black 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.

This line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from April 1 until November 30. Staff can provide advice about black bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear interactions, and how to remove attractants from your property.

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