Police warn of potential bear encounters and what to do if you see one

With spring well underway, the OPP are reminding the people of Midwestern Ontario to be wary of potential bear sightings.

While rare, bear sightings have been reported over the last few years in Huron County, and so the OPP would like to remind everyone of information shared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Black bear sightings are infrequent in the region, but they do occur. If you come across a black bear, only call 9-1-1 in an emergency. That would include a bear entering a school yard during school hours, wandering into a public gathering, the bear stalks people or lingers at the site, if the bear kills livestock or pets and lingers at the site, or if one enters or tries to enter a residence.

Other than situations like these, refrain from calling 9-1-1 and instead call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry BearWise reporting line (1-866-514-2327).

The BearWise website can be reached at: Be Bear Wise and prevent bear encounters | Ontario.ca.

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