Caledon OPP would like to advise residents that there were 3 reported sightings of a black bear on Thursday, July 5, 2018 between 12:52 pm to 2:00 pm in the area of McGuire Trail south of Highway 9 near Mt. Pleasant Rd. The bear was described as being a cub, weighing approximately 500 lbs. The bear was observed approaching decks in residents’ backyards; no signs of aggression were observed- the bear ran when it saw people.
Typically, black bears avoid humans. They reside throughout the majority of Ontario, mainly in forested locations where it is most desirable for food, refuge, and den sites. A black bear might attack if it feels threatened or is a predatory bear.
Caledon OPP advises residents to exercise significant caution spotting or coming across a black bear and to please report it to police.
For Emergency Encounters call 911.
An emergency encounter could be a black bear:
- entering a school yard when school is in session
- entering or trying to enter a residence
- wandering into a public gathering
- killing livestock/pets and lingering at the site
- stalking people and lingering around for an extended period of time
For Non-Emergency Encounters call 1-888-310-1122.
A non-emergency encounter could be a black bear:
- roaming around and checking garbage cans
- breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
- is in a tree
- pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
- moving through a backyard or field but is NOT lingering
For more information on black bears, visit: www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise.