Black bear reportedly spotted in north London, Ont.: police

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An unusual visitor might’ve made its way to north London, Ont., Monday morning.

London police say a black bear was reportedly spotted shortly before 10 a.m. in a wooded area by Adelaide Street North at Windermere Road.

They say the Ministry of Natural Resources has been notified.

Read more: Police warn public after black bear found in west London

London is no stranger to black bear sightings.

In June 2020, a black bear was found in a tree off Commissioners Road West.

It was brought to a sanctuary where it got the name ‘London Bear,’ and was later released back into the wild.

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Read more: Black bear found in west London, Ont., will return to wild: sanctuary

Police are reminding Londoners to be “bear wise.” Some tips to remember if you encounter a bear include:

  • Remain calm and avoid panicking
  • Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and waiting for it to leave
  • If the bear does not leave, wave your arms and make a noise with a whistle or air horn

Police should be contacted by calling 911 if a bear poses an immediate threat.

The 24/7 Bear Wise reporting line can also be contacted for non-emergency encounters at 1-866-514-2327.

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