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Bear Safety

Black Bear Safety

Living in Northern Ontario, some of us will come across wildlife, including bears. While negative encounters with animals are rare, bear sightings are quite common in Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township.

If a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety please call 911 for police assistance.

If you notice a nuisance bear, such as one that is checking garbage cans, sheds, and or birdfeeders, please notify the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry by calling their toll free number 1-866-514-2327.

To prevent bears from being attracted to your property:

  • Keep your property clear of garbage, ripe berries and other food sources that may attract a bear
  • When using a barbecue, make sure to clean it on a regular basis
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors or in screened-in areas or porches

If you find yourself in a situation with an angry or agitated bear, please follow the below instructions as laid out by the MNRF.


  • Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and wait for it to leave.
  • If the bear does not leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with a whistle or air horn.
  • Prepare to use bear spray.
  • If you are near a building or vehicle get inside as a precaution.

Do not

  • Run, climb a tree or swim — a bear can do these things much better than you
  • Kneel down
  • Make direct eye contact

For more detailed information, please reference the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise program by going here.

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