There is a good chance you will encounter a bear while enjoying you waterfront property,
you are now living in their house.
The City of Elliot Lake is a strong proponent of the Bear Wise program which educates you in
how to minimize your contact with and how to handle bear encounters.
Bear Wise educational seminars are offered through the Friends of Algoma East. They can be
You are encouraged to participate in this valuable program.
To find out more details of the Bear Wise Program please visit:
Report a Bear Problem
Call 911 or local police (705 848 6975), if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety:
- enters or tries to enter a residence
- stalks pets and lingers at the site
- stalks people and lingers at the site
Call the Bear Wise reporting line: 1-866-514-2327 (April 1-November 30)
If a bear is:
- roaming around, checking garbage cans
- breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
- in a tree : Leave it alone, walk away and it will leave on it's own.
- pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
- moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering
How to prevent encounters
Bears usually avoid humans. Don’t give them a reason to visit.
When bears pick up a scent with their keen noses, they will investigate it.
If bears are rewarded with feasts of bird food, garbage or pet food, they will return as long as the
food source is available.
- Never purposely feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them
- limit food sources
- put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids
- take garbage to the dumpsters often
- frequently wash garbage cans, recycling containers and lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant
- fill bird feeders only through the winter months
- do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened- in areas or porches
- do not leave your pets (dogs) off leash unless they are in an enclosure to avoid dangerous pet
- do not put meat, fish or fruit in composters outside (keep scraps in the freezer until garbage day)
- pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes and fallen fruit off the ground
- remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath, after
- inform cottage renters of how to avoid attracting bears to the property
Take safety precautions
- make noise as you move about (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your
presence, giving them a chance to avoid you)
- carry and have a readily-accessible whistle or air horn
- learn how to use bear pepper spray and carry it readily accessible
If you encounter a bear
Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.
- do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
- make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
- always watch the bear, if the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the
bear in a quiet, monotone voice until the bear is out of sight
- get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
- leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
- if you are with others, stay together and act as a group
- turn your back on the bear
- kneel down
- make direct eye contact
- climb a tree
- retreat into water or try and swim — a bear can do these things much better than you