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Be Bear Wise this Fall

Bears are preparing for the fall, just like you are.

The Timmins Police Service says on Thursday evening officers were called to South Porcupine to deal with a bear nuisance.  Outreach Specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Karen Passmore says as berry crops start to end, bears are topping up their fuel tanks before hibernation. Passmore says this means you have to be very bear wise heading into fall. “Remeber not to put your garbage out until the morning of pick-up, store your garbage in air-tight containers, don’t leave pet food outside and be sure to clean your barbecues.”

Passmore says if a bear is on your property, you shouldn’t approach it. “Generally bears want to avoid humans,” she says. “Removing the attractants will significantly reduce human-bear encounters.”

The Timmins Police Service says people who aggravate bears in residential areas make the situation less controllable and put the general public at unnecessary risk. If you have a bear wandering around your yard, you should call the MNRF. If the situation becomes elevated, you should call 9-1-1 or the Timmins police.

TPS says since July 1st, officers have responded to 47 bear calls.

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