Community Safety

Spring bear awareness message

The time of year is upon us once again when bears are emerging from their dens in search of food. Together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Timmins Police Service is reminding residents that there are several steps to be taken to avoid encounters with bears.

To avoid attracting bears to your property, ensure that all odours are eliminated. Put garbage out the morning of pickup and use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. Washing garbage and recycling containers on a regular basis can also help to eliminate odours.

Bird feeders should also be removed from yards, and pet food should not be kept outside. Removing any fallen or rotting fruit from fruit trees will also quell the odours that attract bears.

If residents see a bear and wish to report the sighting, they can do so by calling the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s bear reporting hotline at 1-866-514-2327. If the animal poses an immediate threat to public safety, residents should call 9-1-1.

Following the steps above can greatly reduce the possibility of bear encounters and attracting bears to residential areas. Please keep these tips in mind to that residents and wildlife can coexist peacefully this summer.