Bear sightings are not unusual in Greater Sudbury, especially this time of year when black bears come out of their dens in search of food after hibernating all winter.
Katherine Glen sent in this video of a black bear sauntering around the Marymount area on April 23.
Remember, bears usually avoid humans, but they are attracted into urban and rural areas in order to get food.
Be Bear Wise and follow these steps to prevent bear encounters:
- put garbage out only on the morning of garbage day, not the night before
- put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids and store it in a bear-proof location such as your basement or a sturdy garage
- spray garbage cans and lids with bleach or another strong disinfectant
- take garbage to the dump often, if you do not have curbside pick-up
- fill bird feeders only through the winter months
- put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (e.g. flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water)
- burn off food residue and wash the grill right away
- empty the grease trap every time you barbecue
- remove all utensils, dishes and food after eating
Fruits and berries:
- pick all ripe and fallen fruit from trees and shrubs on your property
- plant non-fruit bearing trees and shrubs
- do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches
Do you have photos or video of bears in your neighbourhood? Send them to email@example.com to include them in our spring bear gallery.