Bear changes open Pandora’s box… err Honey Pot of controversy

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Bears b-wary!. From File Photos.

Citizens Concerned About Upcoming Changes in MNR Program

(HALIBURTON, ON)With the recent changes concerning the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Bear Wise program, officers of the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been receiving questions as to what to do concerning matters of nuisance bears.

Citizens are reminded that incidents involving bear/human conflict are primarily the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

The MNR continues to operate at toll free Bear Reporting Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from April to November.   There are trained MNR staff who answer the calls and will determine the appropriate response.

The OPP will respond to emergency calls about any wild animal, if there is an immediate threat to public safety, in support of the MNR response.

The toll free Bear Reporting Hotline is 1-866-514-2327.

 Contact:  Provincial Constable Sandy ADAMS

Phone:  (705) 286-1431