The Bear Wise reporting line is available from April 1 to November 30th. Should you need assistance beyond these dates, please contact your local District Ministry of Natural Resources office.

TO REPORT BEAR PROBLEMS contact the Bear Reporting Line at 1-866-514-BEAR (2327) (TTY) 705 945-7641

Suggestions for cottagers from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources:

  • Put garbage out on the morning of garbage day, and not the night before
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors
  • Thoroughly clean outdoor grills after use
  • Fill bird feeders only through the winter months
  • Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your composter
  • Keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage pick-up day
  • Pick all ripe fruit off trees, and remove vegetables and fallen fruit from the ground
  • Use electric fencing to protect valuable trees, orchards, vegetable and berry patches

For children, take a look at the MNR’s Bear Wise Activity Book (PDF Size: 2.6 MB)

Ontario MNR Fact Sheets

For more information go to the Ontario MNR Bear Website