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Video: Bear cub helps himself to bird feeder

It's time to remove your bird feeders, folks!

Kim Leger-Frawley captured video of a young black bear helping himself to a snack from a bird feeder in her backyard.

Just a reminder folks, bird feeders should only be used in the winter months. Once spring comes, the birds will find plenty of food in the wild.

Items such as garbage and bird feed can draw bears to populated areas. 

Take care by:

•    Storing garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids 
•    Putting out garbage only on the morning of pickup 
•    Filling bird feeders, including seed, suet and nectar only during the winter when bears are hibernating 
•    Cleaning food residue and removing grease from outdoor barbecue grills after each use 
•    Keeping pet food indoors.

A bear that enters a populated area isn't necessarily a threat, but it is important to know who to call during a bear encounter. 

If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police.

For non-emergencies, the province operates a toll-free Bear Wise reporting line (1-866-514-2327) 24/7 from April 1 to Nov. 30 to provide the public with information and best practices.



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