Handling Bear Sightings

On the heals of a Black Bear attack in Sault Ste. Marie, warnings are out about Bear Encounters. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources says not every bear sighting is an emergency. A Bear Wise toll free number ( 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641)  has been set up to report bear sightings; if you see any roaming around, checking garbage cans, breaking into a shed where garbage or food is kept, in a tree, pulling down bird feeders or if you see one moving through a backyard or field but isn't lingering. 

You are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if you see a bear posing an immediate threat to personal safety by showing threatening or aggressive behaviour, entering a school yard when school is in session, stalking people and lingering in an area, entering or trying to enter a home, wandering into public area's or killing livestock or pets and staying in the area.