Dufferin OPP were called to a large black bear last Monday morning that was spotted on Blind Line, north of County Road 16, on the west side, just off the road in Mono.
There are a variety of available options to reduce the likelihood of bears being attracted by household garbage and other domestic waste. These strategies have been adopted by various Ontario communities, either on a voluntary or mandatory basis.
Best Practices for Waste Management can include:
- Restricting curb-side placement of garbage and recycling to the morning of pick-up.
- Considering the use of community bear-resistant curb-side garbage collection in areas which are prone to bear problems.
- Promoting the use of bear resistant waste containers by residents in areas prone to bear problems.
- Promoting or requiring the use of bear resistant dumpsters by commercial businesses which produce food waste.
If You Encounter a Bear…
- Remain calm and avoid sudden movements.
- Give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue its activities undisturbed. If it changes its behavior, you’re too close so back away.
- If you see a bear but the bear doesn’t see you, detour quickly and quietly.
- If a bear spots you, try to get its attention while it is still farther away. You want it to know you’re human so talk in a normal voice and waive your arms.
- Remember that a standing bear is not always a sign of aggression. Many times, bears will stand to get a better view.
- Throw something onto the ground (like your camera) if the bear pursues you, as it may be distracted by this and allow you to escape.
- Never feed or throw food to a bear.
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