The potential for human-bear interactions increases when there are less natural food sources available. This is when food sources such as garbage, fruit trees and bird seed can draw bears into populated areas.
If you have a fruit tree attracting bears, we encourage you to harvest the fruit from the trees to reduce the number of unwanted visits in your neighbourhood.
Follow these tips to prevent an unwanted visit by bears foraging for food:
• Garbage: eliminate odours. Put garbage in containers that have tight fitting lids and only put it out the morning of garbage day, not the night before.
• When possible, store garbage in bear-resistant containers.
• Be aware that cooking odours can attract bears
• Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath.
If a bear has been spotted repeatedly in your neighbourhood, contact Township of Schreiber, Director of Operations 807-824-2711 ext. 230.
In a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.