Bear up a tree in Penetanguishene homeowner’s backyard

People living in the area have been asked to keep their pets indoors

A bear up a tree in the backyard of a home in Penetanguishene brought out the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The homeowner contacted OPP shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Monday that there was a bear on the property located on Harriet Street.

Officers have asked pedestrians and onlookers to avoid the area, and for people in the area of Harriet Street between Edward Street and Thompsons Road to keep their pets indoors until the bear can be safely removed from the property.

The OPP and MNRF would like to remind residents that black bears live in most parts of Ontario. Most human-bear encounters occur when bears are attracted by smells, so removing potential attractants will help avoid unwarranted visitors. Knowing what to do if you come across a bear – and keeping your property free of bear attractants – is being Bear Wise.

Banner image supplied by Southern Georgian Bay OPP