On Monday a black bear was seen looking for food in the Courtice Road north of Nash Road. On Westmore Street another bear was observed eating garbage inside a shed.
The bears did not have any human contact. Bears generally do not like to encounter people anymore than people like crossing a bear's path. As bears prepare for hibernation they begin to look for extra food.
The Durham Regional Police suggest the following to avoid attracting bears to their property:
• Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids and only put garbage out on the morning of pickup.
• Clean your garbage cans frequently and thoroughly, use disinfectant to eliminate odours.
• Remove bird feeders and only use them during the winter months. Black bears are attracted to foods like seed, suet and nectar used to feed birds.
• Clean outdoor grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath.
To avoid conflict with bears, prepare and be aware. If you see a bear, call the Ministry of Natural Resources bear reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. In an emergency, call the Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520 or dial 911.