The Township of North Glengarry is advising residents of black bears spotted in the area. The township is advising residents to take the necessary measures to bear-proof their homes and properties.
For more information on how to stay safe residents are advised to visit the links attached to the Township of North Glengarry ‘s website https://www.northglengarry.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx…
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry provides the following tips on what to do if you encounter a bear:
– Make noise when you move through heavily wooded areas, especially if you are near a stream or waterfall where bears may not hear you.
– Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
– Keep your eyes and ears open and watch for signs of a bear, such as tracks, claw marks on trees or droppings.
– DO NOT wear headphones.
– Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are doing activities outside (e.g. hiking, jogging, cycling, gardening, berry picking or camping) where bears may not realize you are there.
– If you are out with a dog, keep it on a leash. Uncontrolled and/or untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.
Think about safety:
– Carry a whistle or air horn.
– Carry and understand how to use bear spray.
– If you are in “back country” consider carrying a long-handled axe.
If you do spot a bear:
– Remain calm and do not run, climb a tree or swim.
– Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight, but do not make direct eye contact.
– Watch the bear and wait for it to leave. If it does not leave, wave your arms and make noise.
– If you are near a building or vehicle, get inside as a precaution.