More Bear Stories

Sounds like our little visitor was all over the neighbourhood. Several of you are posting comments so thank you for sharing! I’m not sure if the comments are generating emails to notify you so it might be easiest to pop into the website and read the comments there. Our neighbour Carrie has taken the lead in trying to figure out how to safely get our little friend to bear country. You can check out her comments.

Here’s another update and a couple of photos from Paul Seagrave:

Hi Angela:  Your notification about the bear explains what happened at our place last night.  The bird feeder pole is 3 inches in diameter and cemented in the ground. We found it bent at the ground level and lying on the ground.  Our water barrel was totally full of water and would have been extremely heavy.
We sure couldn’t figure out what could have done such powerful damage.  Now we know!

2 thoughts on “More Bear Stories”

  1. I have contacted the MNRF and given them a copy of the video. They are tracking the bear activity in our area so are happy to receive any info

  2. 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 😉

    Stay safe and carry a party tooter,
    ~Carrie

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