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.
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.