Living in harmony with the black bear
Black bears can be attracted by:
- Bird feeders
- BBQ grids that have not been cleaned properly
- Pet food left outside the house
- Fruit trees and berry patches
- Put your refuse in a 360 L rolling container
- Put your garbage bin outside the day of the collection
- Store garbage bins or containers in a closed space
- In the absence of a garage or shed, build a garbage box able to accommodate 360 L containers
- Neutralize odors using dolomitic lime
Be careful when walking or strolling
Be vigilant when taking a walk in places where bears have been seen. Inform them of your presence by speaking, singing, whistling or carrying a bear bell with you.
If you encounter a black bear:
- Stay calm.
- Don’t shout or make sudden movements. Talk to it in a soft voice.
- Always leave it an avenue of escape
- Don’t run away. By running, you may encourage the bear to follow you and see you as its prey.
- Avoid looking it directly in the eyes.
- Back up slowly, keeping it in your sight all the while.
- If it advances, toss objects in front of you to distract it.
If it attacks :
- It is NOT recommended to play dead with a black bear. Stay attentive and be ready to face it in the event it attacks.
- If it attacks, defend yourself with whatever is close at hand: rocks, sticks, an axe, etc. Raise your voice, shout and gesticulate. The goal is to impress it into retreating.
Role of the municipality :
- To inform residents and pass on information regarding black bears.
- To do follow-ups regarding the procedures to be undertaken.
- To stay in contact with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the MRNF regarding various issues, including that of troublesome bears.
- However, it is not the role of the municipality to intervene in the trapping and relocation of troublesome black bears.