Bear Advice: We need to be more unwelcoming

Thank you to Carrie for sharing. She posted this as a comment to an earlier news item. It had so much good content I am sharing it as a full post so you are all more likely to see it.
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Mike McIntosh of “Bear With US Sanctuary” in Sprucedale ON along with National Wildlife Centre’s Dr. Sherri Cox helped to rehabilitate a bear called London because he was found and shot in Byron on June 8th, 2020. He texted back the “the bear is not a threat and unlikely to go near a crowd of people unless food is available.”

Greg Sanders of MNRF just called. His main message is that we are going to have to learn to co-exist with bears. This young male has been pushed out of his area by a stronger male bear, a natural occurrence. It seems to be moving north as it had been spotted for about two weeks now south of here and he will move on as long as there is no food supply for him. Birdfeeders, composts, garbage bins etc will invite him to stay. When there is no food supply, he will keep on moving. MNRF no longer sedate and move bears so our little bear will have to move out on it’s own. 

This what Greg just emailed as per my request: 

“Hi Carrie,

As per our phone conversation, when there is a bear in the area it is important to remove all attractants to prevent human bear conflicts. Bears are driven by their desire to eat enough calories and add enough weight to survive another winter hibernation.

Things that will attract bears to your property included:

Garbage bins (put your garbage out for collection the in morning and store bins inside a shed)
Bird feeders
Grease and dirty BBQ’s
Meat and fish scraps
Pet food
Composters
Fruit trees

If you are outside walking be mindful of your surroundings and talk loudly so you don’t surprise a bear (you could also carry a whistle, air horn or bear spray). In addition, keep dogs on leash at all times, a loose dog can provoke a bear and lead it back to you.

Additional information regarding bear encounters and how to prevent them can be found at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry BearWise webpage Be Bear Wise and prevent bear encounters | Ontario.ca

Thank you,

Greg Sanders|Wildlife Technician
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry |Aylmer District
615 John St. N., Aylmer, ON, N5H 2S8
Tel: 519-765-8801”

We will need to be a bit more unwelcoming to our neighbournood 😉

Carrie

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As a postscript I’ll mention a recent story about a woman who encountered a bear (or a cougar) and had the presence of mind to pull out her cellphone, pick a loud rock and roll song, crank the volume to the max and with that scare off the critter. A very modern day solution as many of us carry cellphones. Many of us also use earbuds, so if we forgot in the excitement of the moment, and use our cellphone to make noise…. well, you get the picture….

Stay alert and stay safe and let’s hope this little fella finds his way to a safe place soon. ❤️

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