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Bear visiting Morrison Point Sunday

This bear was photographed on Goodman Crescent, off Morrison Point Road, on Sunday morning at about 10:15. Two residents saw a bear (unknown if it’s the same one) within half an hour. Photo by Rick Flood, of Toronto.

A black bear was observed Friday evening at 6pm just outside of Picton on Ridge Road and then in a trailer park on Cty Rd 10, south of Ridge Road, an hour later.
“In both cases the bear did not approach the complainants but was in close proximity to residential homes,” Prince OPP constable Kim Guthrie said. “Officers responding to the complaints observed the bear a short distance away on Airport Lane, peacefully eating garbage in the ditch along the road.  The bear quickly left when the cruiser drew closer.”

Although unconfirmed, Guthrie said this could be the same bear spotted in Bloomfield earlier the same day.
“According to Ministry Officials it is not uncommon for bears to travel more than 100kms in a period of a week,” she said. “It is also not uncommon for bears to seek out non natural food sources such as household garbage. Residents of the County, whether town or rural occupants, are reminded to remain calm if they encounter a bear, don’t run, but rather back away slowly to put a safe distance between themselves and the bear.”

The following tips are also provided:
–  Store garbage in waste containers with tight fitting lids.
– Put garbage out ONLY on morning of pick up.
– Put away bird feeders – bird seed attracts bears.
– Clean outdoor grills – bears are attracted to grease and food residue.
– Pick up fruits and berries as they ripen – don’t let them rot on the ground.
– Do not leave pet food outside.
– Put meat scraps and trimmings in freezer until garbage day.
– Do not put meat scraps, fruit, or sweet food in composter – turn compost regularly.

Information is also available on the MNR web-site at www.ontario.ca/mnr under the Bear Wise topic.

If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety, call 911 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Bear spotted in Bloomfield

JUNE 22 – A bear was observed by two residents in the village of Bloomfield just after 7am this morning.
Prince Edward OPP Constable Kim Guthrie reports the medium sized black bear was seen walking south down a driveway, crossed the Main Street, entered the back yard of a second residence and disappeared into the woods that surround the west end of the Bloomfield Mill Pond.

The sighting follows two bear sightings in rural areas west of Wellington last week.
The first sighting was made by a resident on Hubbs Creek Road just before 7am June 13 by a caller observing a black bear cub in his back yard.
The second sighting was made June 14 at about 8am by a woman working on a property on Huycks Bay Road.
The woman heard some rustling in the brush near her and when she looked up, saw a black bear cub.
“The woman ran to her car and the bear cub followed her.  Once inside her car, the woman could see an adult bear standing in the bushes, but the adult did not approach the woman’s location,” Guthrie reported.  The woman sought help and when she returned to the area, noticed her lunch bag was missing, presumably taken by the bears.”
No contact between the bears and the humans were made in either incident. The Ministry of Natural Resources was notified.

The OPP urge residents to exercise sound judgement and common sense with bear encounters and to simply stay clear of any bear, and in particular, a sow with cubs.
People can call the toll free Bear Reporting Line at (1-866-514-2327) 24hours/7days/wk and speak to a live operator who will be happy to provide advice on bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts and how to remove attractants.  Information is also available on the MNR web-site at www.ontario.ca/mnr under the Bear Wise topic.

Guthrie say if a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety, call 911 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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  1. jomino says:

    Black bear spotted around remote cottage in South Marysburg on July 20, 2012. Rummaged around for an hour.

  2. Mike says:

    What is the big deal? We county people live with inports every day.

  3. Garth Strachan says:

    This is not a cub but a yearling that Moma has chased off to be on its own and learn the ways of the wood and where there is food, both natural and garbage from humans.

    The pther problem is there is no trailer park south of Ridge Rd. The Bear was spotted in Shelter Valley on Upper Lake Street, so at least the writer should get their facts straight.

  4. Marnie says:

    Thanks Agnes, but I’ll forego the lullaby and sing Nearer My God to Thee.

  5. My husband, who taught miltary survival in many different parts of Canada, taught me to make a loud cough when I encountered bear when I lived in the mts. near Jasper. It’s a sound they do not recognize and it frightens them. I had ocaasion to try it as well, and it works. As well do not run, they like to chase of course,back off walk away, cough! If you get pinned down by a bear, sing a lullaby – this actually occured as well near my home in the mountains where I saw bears nearly every day; the bear let her go, she was not hurt. . .

  6. Alex Dunn says:

    Jac
    Horn trip, not a horner. You must be an import county want a be

  7. Marnie says:

    Maybe it’s the bear who stole the Anti-Winds lawn signs.

  8. jac says:

    Somebody will need to take this tourist on a Horner. It’s seems to be the hospitable County thing to do.

  9. Paul Cole says:

    Hey Boo Boo! Let’s Get Us Some Pic-a-nic Baskets!

  10. Sue says:

    Maybe the bear is Cronks big black dog that lives near the mill pond.

  11. virginia says:

    Bear in mind: pun intended
    actually, if you do not come between a sow and her cubs,she will avoid the chance of danger to them from you.
    A lone male bear is more dangerous.

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