BEAR WATCH

Read more here: Preventing or discouraging wild animals in your yard; bears included
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  • 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 in the news


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)

  1. May 12th – wrecked a bird feeder!
  2. May 13th – Our annual May bear visitation It wrecked my cylindrical bird feeder.
  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 #3 on Vimeo.
  8. May 18 – it was back to try tip the empty bird feeder. Bent the posts.
  9. May 24th – : I scared him.
  10. June 1st – Bear scat. Front yard, near Maggie Magnolia.
  11. 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!)
  12. June 15th, dinner time – Sauntering along the driveway, on vimeo. Back three times. 
  13. June 16th, 9:19 a.m. – In the morning, video.
  14. June 17th – 6:00 p.m., 3 bears: whilst eating dinner. Momma and cub, then 10 min later, another cub (video & bear horn).
  15. June 21 – 2:30 p.m. captured on the trailcam.
We've had previous bear visits, primarily in May, and they haven't hung around.

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.


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