Black Bear Sighting in Caledon

FROM/DE: CALEDON                                                              DATE: June 14, 2016

BLACK BEAR SITING IN CALEDON

(CALEDON, ON) – Members from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to advise that there have been 2 reported sightings of a black bear in Caledon recently.  The locations were as follows: Caledon King Town Line near Columbia Way as well as Kennedy Road near Highpoint Side Road. 

Typically, black bears avoid humans.  They reside throughout the majority of Ontario, mainly in forested locations where it is most desirable for food, refuge, and den sites.  A black bear might attack if it feels threatened or is a predatory bear.

Although these sightings are unconfirmed, we advise that you please exercise significant caution if you happen to spot or come across a black bear and to please report it to police.     

For Emergency Encounters call 911

An emergency encounter could be a black bear:

  • entering a school yard when school is in session
  • entering or trying to enter a residence
  • wandering into a public gathering
  • killing livestock/pets and lingering at the site
  • stalking people and lingering around for an extended period of time

For Non-Emergency Encounters call 1-888-310-1122

A non-emergency encounter could be a black bear:

  • roaming around and checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • is in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is NOT lingering

For more information on black bears, visit: www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise.

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Contact:  Provincial Constable Tamara Schubert

CSO/Media Officer

Caledon OPP

Phone:  (905) 584-2241 ext. 4054

                (416) 709-6265

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