Black bear sighting reported in north London, Ont. Monday | CBC News

London police are advising residents in north London to be “bear wise” after a black bear was reportedly spotted in a wooded area Monday morning.

Police say they were called about the alleged sighting near Adelaide Street North and Windermere Road shortly before 10 a.m.

Police have since issued a warning for residents to be on the lookout should they be in the area, along with tips on what to do if you encounter a bear.

According to the Ministry of Natural resources, being “bear wise” is knowing what to do should you come face to face with a black bear.

“When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed, and usually just want to flee,” says the Ministry’s website.

Police say a black bear was reportedly spotted in a wooded area near Adelaide Street and Windermere Road on the morning of July 26, 2021. (Google)

Should you encounter a black bear, some advice includes:

  • Remain calm and avoid panicking.
  • Slowly back away from the bear while keeping it in sight and wait for it to leave.
  • If the bear doesn’t leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with what you can.

Things to avoid if you spot a black bear:

  • Do not run, climb a tree or swim.
  • Do not make direct eye contact.
  • Do not approach the bear or attempt to feed it.

If a bear poses an immediate threat to safety, call police at 9-1-1.

The province’s Bear Wise reporting line is also available 24/7 for non-emergency encounters at 1-866-514-2327.

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