BEAR WATCH

These are our bear sightings. He's been quite active around Otty Lake this Spring and Summer. One woman had him all day on her property.

Recent sightings
UPDATE: Two bears were shot around here last week, this is what I was told at the Otty Lake AGM. Shameful.They are smart critters, fearful of humans most of the time. If not, they can be chased away.

The bears have been active in the area, but people need to put away their feeders. There is no need to attract them.

It was predictable, wasn't it?
I've been helping people figure out how to drive them away. It didn't work.

Black Bear territory vary widely depending on food needs, sex, size and age. Adult Females have a home range up to 39 km2 (15 square miles). Adult Males have a larger home range closer to 65 km2 (25 sq. mi). But Young Black Bears finding new territories might go 240 km (150 miles). They can run 56 km/hr (35 m/hr). 
Lots are reporting around this area. July 14th I made the mistake of putting out the feeder. He had been patrolling in the night, visited July 15th back at the feeder at 6:15 a.m.!

    2017

    1. May 12th – wrecked our bird feeder!
    2. May 13th – Our annual May bear visitation 
    3. May 13th – 5:06 p.m. quick visit. I scared it.
    4. May 14th, Sunday, Mother's Day – 4:27 a.m. on the trailcam by wood duck box #3, 
    5. May 14th–  8:00 a.m. Bear #3A  on Vimeo.
    6. May 14th – 8:36 a.m. – Hubby returned with breakfast for me. 
    7. Bear visit – on Vimeo.
    8. powerful animal
      May
    9. May 18 – it was back to try tip the empty bird feeder. Bent the posts.
    10. May 15th – Momma with cubs, lone male at birdfeeder off CLifford Cr.
    11. May 24th – : I scared him.
    12. June 1st – Bear scat. Front yard, near Maggie Magnolia.
    13. June 13th – 7:30 p.m. – on the trailcam, down in the meadow.  I'm happy he's turned out to be a normal bear, and hasn't been seen hear the house. (Famous Last Words!)
    14. June 15th, dinner time – Sauntering along the driveway, on vimeo. Back three times. 
    15. June 16th, 9:19 a.m. – In the morning, video.
    16. June 17th – 6:00 p.m., 3 bears: whilst eating dinner. Momma and cub, then 10 min later, another cub (video & bear horn).
    17. Neighbours said it was in their yard, they shot a gun to scare it, he came back with an apple and ate it on their front lawn.
    18. June 21 – 2:30 p.m. captured on the trailcam.
    19. June 24 – From Facebook: 1) Saturday a about 250 Lbs black bear on a lake deck. 2) Neighbors, had one at about 2 hours later.  3) Here: 20:32 in our meadow, on the trailcam, video.  4) A cub in a garbage around the lake Saturday morning. Came back last night and flipped their recycling bins.
    20. June ? – Whippoorwhill Lane.
    21. July 3rd – Beaver Dam Lane – most of the day.
    22. July 4th – Carson Gr., 4:30 p.m., & 6 p.m., Mary Miller Rd.
    23. July 15th – He's been eating bugs, and was back at the feeder!
    We've had previous bear visits, primarily in May, and they haven't hung around. This year is unusual.

    June 1, 2015 – Bear in the meadow from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
    May 17, 2016 – Bear went over the mountain on Vimeo.
    Sept. 3, 2016 – Trailcam critters Sept. on Vimeo.


    Otty Lake bear sightings rise, officials urge caution - 2006


    Read more here: Preventing or discouraging wild animals in your yard; bears included
    • Make garbage and compost inaccessible to wildlife:

      • Use heavy garbage cans with locking lids
      • Fasten lids with bungee cords
      • Put garbage out the morning of pick-up, not overnight
      • Never discard meat, dairy or egg products in compost piles.
    • Always secure pet food, garbage and compost in containers with locking lids and store them in an enclosed structure. 
    • Keep your BBQs clean.
    • Use motion-sensitive floodlights to startle and scare away wildlife
    • Keep pet doors locked at night
    • Do not leave pet food outside overnight
    • Keep BBQ grills clean and close BBQ lids after use
    • Close your doors, screens won't keep them out
    • Clean up animal feces (coyotes are attracted to it!).
    • Protect vegetable gardens with heavy-duty fencing, or grow vegetables in a greenhouse.
    • Pick fruit as soon as it is ripe.
    • Remove fruit windfall from the ground. 
    • Be aware that bird feeders bring birds, large and small mammals, such as squirrels (i.e. prey) to your yard.

    Bear sightings  2017 in the news

    A bear in Armour's landfill has led to questioning its safety policies

    Staff knew the bear was hanging around for a while - July 21
    Even though there hasn’t been a recorded fatal black bear attack in Ontario since 30-year-old Jacqueline Perry was mauled by a bear in Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park in 2006, bears can reach up to speeds of 60 kilometres per hour and Alaska has faced a string of fatal black bear attacks last month. (Four people attacked in a week, 2 dead.)
    It’s been a deadly year for black bears in the Okanagan and around B.C. In May alone, more than twice as many bears were put down in the Okanagan during the same month last year. There were 25 black bears destroyed in the Okanagan last month. Conservation officer Ed Sietz would like to see local governments do more to ensure the public cleans up and manages attractants.
    Mom, infant have close encounter with bear

    She watched while the bear finally rose from its haunches, walked around the tree and looked upward at a bird feeder, then ambled down the driveway and into a neighbour's yard.
    The encounter off Strader Rd. is the third South Dundas bear sighting reported to Nation Valley News this spring. (JUNE 19, 2017)

    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had earlier set up trap for animal (May 27, 2017)

    Bear that wandered in Whitby to be released into the wild today after being tranquillized (June 19, 2017)
    Video shows people taking photos just metres away from wild black bear in Ontario park
    Video shows people taking photos just metres away from wild black bear in ... “When bears or any animals get accustomed to humans, they start ...

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