Shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday, a caller contacted police to report that a large black bear was up a tree at the water’s edge near Gorman Street and was lingering there.
North Bay Police officers attended the site to ensure public safety. A bear technician from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry arrived a short time later.
The bear eventually came down from the tree and walked away from nearby residences without harming anyone.
The public is advised to review these bear wise safety tips and to ensure children in their care are educated: https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise
When to call police about bears
Call 911 if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety. Emergencies might be when a bear enters a school yard when school is in session, enters or tries to enter a residence, wanders into a public gathering, kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site, or stalks people and lingers at the site.
For non-emergencies, call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. This number is for when a bear is roaming around, checking garbage cans, breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored, in a tree, pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue, or moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering.