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Black bear spotted in P-Patch this morning

'This is the largest bear I have ever seen,' says reader
2021-04-19 black bear p-patch
Black Bear spotted on Panoramic Drive on April 19, 2021

SooToday reader submitted the image above after seeing "a huge bear going through garbage bins on Panoramic Drive early this morning."

"This is the largest bear I have ever seen around," the reader wrote to us. "He walked past that white Jeep and he was a good 12 inches higher than the hood."

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) offers a number of tips on how to keep unwanted bears away from populated areas, including:

  • Garbage:
    • put garbage out only on the morning of garbage day, not the night before
    • put meat scraps in the freezer until garbage day
    • 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
    • frequently wash garbage cans and recycle containers and lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant, such as bleach
    • take garbage to the dump often, if you do not have curbside pick-up
  • Bird feeders:
    • fill bird feeders only through the winter months
    • put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (for example, flowers, nesting boxes and fresh water)
  • Barbecue:
    • 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
    • be aware that cooking odours can attract bears
  • Fruits and berries:
    • pick all ripe and fallen fruit from trees and shrubs on your property
    • plant non-fruit bearing trees and shrubs
  • Pet food:
    • do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches

To learn more, visit the MNRF Bear Wise page.