Friday, 26 October 2018

Bear (not a Bare) roaming around


This is not the first time a bear has been spotted this year. Generally they are still afraid of people which is a good thing. But they keep coming back because they find food. So please:

Garbage

  • put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids and store it in a bear-proof location such as a sturdy shed
  • spray garbage cans and lids with bleach or another a strong disinfectant 
  • take garbage to the dumpster often

Bird feeders

  • fill bird feeders only through the winter months
  • put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (e.g. flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water)

Pet food

  • do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches

Fruits and berries

  • pick all ripe and fallen fruit from trees and shrubs on the property
  • plant non-fruit bearing trees and shrubs

Barbecue

  • burn off food residue and wash the grill right away
  • empty the grease trap every time you barbecue
  • remove all utensils, dishes and food after eating

AND VERY IMPORTANTLY, AVOID BEAR-HUMAN INTERACTIONS

  • travel in groups of 2 or more (bears primarily attack people who are alone)
  • make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you)
  • while outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open
  • carry a whistle or air horn
  • learn how to use bear pepper spray and carry it somewhere that’s easy to access
  • consider carrying a long-handled axe, if you are in remote areas or deep in the forest

If you encounter a black bear

  • Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  • Quickly assess the situation and try to determine which type of an encounter this might be – sighting, surprise or close encounter.
  • When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed, and usually just want to flee. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, provided you don't approach the bear. The noise is meant to ‘scare’ you off and acts as a warning signal.

If you see a black bear:

  • do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
  • make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
  • always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight
  • get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
  • leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
  • if you are with others, stay together and act as a group
  • if the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice


More information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise

Thanks for Cheryl and Al for the video!