Bear sighting in Ingleside

(Newswatch Group/File)

INGLESIDE – SD&G O.P.P. are asking the public to be careful after a black bear was spotted inside the village on Tuesday.

The bruin showed up around 10 p.m. on the front yard of a home and appeared to just be wandering around and no one was in danger, said police.

However, the O.P.P. is telling you to take some precautions in order not to attract black bears on your property.

  • Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup.
  • Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar also attract bears.
  • Pick fruits and berries as they ripen — don’t let them rot on the ground.
  • Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills.
  • Keep dogs on leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs back to you.

If you have an encounter with a nuisance black bear, call 911 if it’s an immediate threat to personal safety, such as entering a school yard or home or if its stalking people.

For non-emergency responses you can call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 if the animal is hunting through garbage, breaking into sheds or if its in a tree.

The hotline runs 24/7 from April 1 until Nov. 30.

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