Hawkesbury Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Hawkesbury detachment is asking residents in the village of Wendover (Alfred-Plantagenet Township) to be extra aware of their surroundings after hearing reports of a black bear being spotted on Route 25 near Nine Mile Road. Although the bear appeared to be roaming around and was not in danger of harming anyone, the OPP would still like to remind residents that extreme caution should be taken if a black bear is spotted.
Hawkesbury OPP Constable Jason Chenier says: “Residents can help minimize the risk on an encounter by removing or controlling access to things that attract hungry bears like bird/pet food and garbage, as well as grease and food residue on barbecues”.
Anyone who spots a black bear entering populated areas such as school yards, residences or farm areas are asked to immediately call 911. If the bear is roaming through garbage cans, climbing a tree or moving through a rural property without lingering, residents should call the non-emergency Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 . For additional tips on how to reduce the risk of attracting black bears in populated areas, visit ontario.ca/bearwise.