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Black Bears Appear at Garrison Petawawa - Put Attractants Away


Posted on May 3, 2018

GARRISON PETAWAWA- Black Bears will be active this month at Garrison Petawawa as they have now emerged from their dens and are undoubtedly looking for food. Employees, residents, and users of Garrison Petawawa are reminded to take the necessary steps to avoid attracting bears.

In May, bears are often found in forest openings and along roadsides feeding on new green vegetation. At this time of year, bears are generally eating grass, dandelions, clover and new poplar leaves. However, if food in our work areas and neighbourhoods is available- such as compost bins, garbage, grease bins, bird feeders, coolers and BBQ’s- bears may take advantage of the easy high calorie meal. Everyone must do their own part to reduce bear attractants and prevent human-bear encounters both at work and at home. Don’t forget that there are bear-proof waste bins at various locations around the garrison so please make sure to use them - they are there for everyone’s safety!

For more information on how to avoid attracting bears, read the Bear Awareness Pamphlet and Administrative Instruction (policy) on bears available by contacting Environmental Services at 613-687-5511 ex. 5960 or and follow the tips below:

Avoid attracting bears to your work areas at Garrison Petawawa:
• Keep outdoor common areas clean and garbage-free;
• Ensure garbage bin doors/lids are secure at all times;
• BBQs shall be cleaned regularly and stored when not in use; and
• Empty grease bins (from unit kitchens) at least four times per year.

Avoid attracting bears to your neighbourhood:
• Freeze food scraps in the freezer and place in compost bin the day of collection;
• Place garbage at the curb on the morning of pick-up day and not the night before;
• Rinse recyclable items before placing them in the recycling bin;
• Never leave pet food outside;
• Clean the grease from your BBQ regularly or keep your BBQ inside your garage when not in use; and
• Do not fill bird feeders between April and October.

If you are experiencing a bear problem, please ensure all attractants have been eliminated.

If you are in immediate danger as a result of a bear, call the Military Police at 911 or 613-687-5511 ext 5444 from any outside line. If you encounter a bear while camping at Black Bear Campground, notify the staff at 613-687-7268, or call the Military Police at 911 in an emergency.

For general information about bear attractants contact Environmental Services at 613-687-5511 ext. 5960.