On June 30, 2022, members of the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to a report of a bear in the Municipality of Lefaivre. The Ministry of Natural Resources was contacted.

The OPP is reminding people to take simple precautions to prevent attracting bears.

The potential for human-bear conflict increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas.

Follow these instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears:

    • Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
    • Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup.
    • Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet, and nectar attract bears.
    • Pick fruits and berries as they ripen. Don’t let them rot on the ground.
    • Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills.
    • Keep dogs on leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs back to you.

If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. The police may request support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to respond to emergency situations, on a case-by-case basis.

For non-emergencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry operates the toll-free, 24/7 Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327) and the Bear Wise website to provide the public with information and advice.

The OPP want to remind people not to approach bears because although they are cute they are wild animals and can be unpredictable.