The winter weather hasn’t quite left us yet but inevitably bears will be coming out of hibernation soon.

With that, the province and OPP are reminding people to be cautious.

Prevent bears lingering by storing garbage in a covered container, clean barbecues after each use, pick fruits as they ripen and don’t leave them on the ground to rot, and put away bird feeders.

If you encounter a bear in an emergency situation call 911, in a non-emergency the call Bear Wise reporting line (1-866-514-2327).