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Black bear spotted near Goderich, Huron OPP say

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Another black bear sighting near the south end of Goderich on Tuesday morning is prompting a warning from provincial police.

Huron County OPP suggest residents familiarize themselves with what to do and whom to call if they encounter a bear in the region, after a bear that police described as “around 250 pounds” was seen wandering near a cornfield south of Dechert Road at around 11:50 a.m.

A black bear was also spotted north of Goderich back in June on the Goderich to Auburn Rail Trail (GART), police note.

Read more: London the ‘Byron Bear’ released into the wild, Ontario sanctuary group says

OPP say not every bear sighting is an emergency situation but if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and exhibits threatening or aggressive behaviour, then call 911.

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Examples of threatening or aggressive behaviour provided by police include: entering a schoolyard when school is in session; stalking people and lingering at a location; trying to enter a residence; wandering into a public gathering; or killing livestock or pets and lingering at the site.

In a non-emergency situation — such as if a bear is roaming around or checking garbage cans; breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored; hanging out in a tree; or moving through a backyard or field but not lingering — police suggest calling “the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327.”

The line operates 24/7 between the beginning of April until the end of November, police say.

More information about how to respond to a bear encounter or bear warning signs can be found at the Ontario Bear Wise website.

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