NEWS : July 19, 2011
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds area residents to immediately report any bears that are killed in defence of property to your local ministry office in person or by telephone. Failure to do so is a violation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Killing a bear should be a last resort and only after exhausting all options available. Preventing a problem by controlling and removing items that are known to attract bears is the best way to avoid human-bear conflict. Garbage, bird food (including suet, seed and nectar), pet food, odours from barbecues and ripe fruit left on trees and on the ground are among items that can attract bears to your property and into local neighbourhoods.
While landowners have the legal right to kill a bear in defence of property, it must be done swiftly, humanely, and safely in accordance with local by-laws that cover the discharge of firearms. The ministry strongly recommends that only an experienced hunter or trapper dispatch a black bear.
▪ If you have done everything you can to remove attractants and the bear persists, call the Ministry of Natural Resources Bear Wise reporting line toll-free at 1-866-514-2327, Hearing Impaired (TTY) 1-705-945-7641. You will be connected directly with a live operator during bear season (April 1-November 30).
▪ In a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local police 1-866-310-1122 at the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Provincial Police Detachment.
▪ Report a natural resources violation by calling 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
▪ Read more about bears at ontario.ca/bearwise.
Scott Bird, Minden Area, Bancroft District, 705-286-5223 ontario.ca/natural-resources-news[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]