DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding residents that despite recent bear sightings in the Uxbridge area, the animals typically pose no threat to people.
The Ministry has received recent reports of bears at several locations throughout Uxbridge Township, including sightings on Main St., Brock Rd., Old Stouffville Rd. and Wagg Rd.
"As long as the animal is not causing trouble, and is just passing through, there is not much of an issue," Ministry of Natural Resources spokesperson Jolanta Kowlaski told The Standard. "Seeing is not cause for great concern. The danger comes when the animal starts hanging around and looking for food. Typically, this includes pet food or bird seed that has been left outside."
With its geographic position within the Oak Ridges Moraine, bear sightings are not uncommon in the Uxbridge area.
"These bear sightings are not that unusual for the area, and therefore are not great cause for concern," added Ms. Kowalski.
Through their web site, the Ministry of Natural Resources offers Bear Wise, which, according to Ms. Kowalski includes valuable information for residents in how to best handle encounters with a bear.
More information on bears, and how residents can protect themselves can be found on-line at: www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Bearwise/index.html.
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