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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Black Bear Takes a Stroll in Southampton

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The Bear Wise reporting line is 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641)

Julie Archibald Photo 

A Black Bear is doing its part to help humans self-isolate as its been seen paroling the woods and streets of Southampton.

Saugeen Shores Police remind the public to not approach the healthy bear and to only call 911 if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and exhibits threatening or aggressive behaviour.

In other instances police ask reports be made to the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (TTY 705-945-7641) if a bear: roams around or checks garbage cans, breaks into a shed where garbage or food is stored, is in a tree, pulls down a bird feeder or knocks over a barbecue or moves through a backyard or field but does not linger.

Police note the bear seems to make it's appearances on garbage days and ask residents to secure their trash, make bird feeders inaccessible and to clean your BBQ.

Police say in February the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry dealt with a bear near MacGregor Park Provincial Park by baiting it to a live trap.

Threatening or Aggressive behaviour includes:

-enters a school yard when school is in session
-stalks people and lingers at the site
-enters or tries to enter a residence
-wanders into a public gathering
-kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site.

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