Helping Ontario Be Bear Wise

    McGuinty Government Connects Callers to A Live Operator During Bear

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ -


    Callers to Ontario's toll-free Bear Wise information and reporting line
will now connect directly with a live operator during bear season.
    Based on the four cornerstones of reporting, response, prevention, and
education and awareness, Bear Wise teaches people about black bears and the
known and preventable causes of human-bear conflicts. The program teaches
people how to not attract bears to their property and keep bears wild.
    The bear information and reporting line is a toll-free number available
24 hours a day from April to November. The program also supports the
development of local prevention programs, partnerships with police to respond
to human-bear incidents, and education and awareness products.


    "Each year, the Bear Wise website and phone line help thousands of people
find out more about bears. It is important to know what to do if you encounter
a bear, and also how to keep bears from your neighbourhood. We look forward
once again to working with our partners to improve community safety and
awareness." - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources


    - In order to not attract bears, only put garbage out the morning of
      pick-up, bear-proof your garage, feed birds only in the winter, clean
      outdoor grills after each use and don't leave pet food outside.

    - People who have problems with bears can call the toll-free Bear Wise
      phone line anytime at 1-866-514-BEAR (2327), during bear season.  In a
      life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local police.


    - Find out more about Bear Wise
      ( and read
      what you can do to keep bears out of your neighbourhood

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For further information:

For further information: Ivan Langrish, Minister's Office, (416)
314-2212; Media Desk, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106

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