Bear in South Crane Lake Road Area
There have been several sightings of a bear in the South Crane Lake Road area over the past few days. Thanks to those cottagers for reporting and Counselor Ian Mead for sharing with us. Please take a few moments to read up on Bear Encounters - full details are located at the Bear Wise Website.
If you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety, call 911 or local police.
Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 if a bear is:
- Roaming around, checking garbage cans;
- Breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored;
- In a tree;
- Pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a BBQ;
- Moving through your property, but is not lingering.
Prevent Conflicts with Bears
Prevent conflicts with bears by following these steps:
Limit Food Sources
- Put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids, and put them out only when you intend to take the garbage to the local transfer station. Take your garbage to the dump often!
- Frequently wash any garbage cans, recycling containers and lids with a strong-smelling, natural disinfectant.
- Fill bird feeders only through the winter months.
- Put away feeders in spring and offer birds natural alternatives, such as flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water, etc.
- Do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches.
- Do not put meat, fish, or fruit in composters outside (keep scraps in the freezer until garbage day).
- Pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes and fallen fruit off the ground.
- If you rent your cottage, inform your guests of how to avoid attracting bears to the property.
Keep your Eyes and Ears Open
- Travel in groups of two or more.
- Make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams or fast-moving water. Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
- While outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open:
- Scan your surroundings to check for bears;
- Do not wear music headphones;
- Watch for signs of bear activity (tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks, or fresh bear droppings);
- If you are with a dog, leash it (uncontrolled, untrained dogs may lead a bear to you);
- Pay attention, especially if you are working, gardening or berry picking;
- Rise slowly if you are in a crouched position so that you don't startle nearby bears;
If You Encounter A Bear
- Assess the situation and determine if this is a sighting, a surprise or close encounter.
- Make sure the bear has a clear escape route - don't corner a bear.
- Always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight.
- Get inside, if possible.
- Leave the area if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling.
- If you are with others, stay together and act as a group.
- If the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice.
- Turn your back on the bear.
- Kneel down.
- Make direct eye contact.
- Climb a tree.
- Retreat into water or try to swim - the bear is better!
- Get closer to take a photo.
If It Is A Close Encounter:
- Wave your arms to make yourself look bigger.
- Throw objects.
- Blow a whistle or air horn.
- Make noise to try and persuade the bear to leave.
- Prepare to use bear pepper spray, if carrying.
More About Black Bears
Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists) has composed a small guide to black bears. Click Here to learn more about Black Bears!