The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has a toll-free hotline called Bear-Wise for reporting non-emergency incidents involving bears and asking questions about bear/human behaviours. The phone number is 1-866-514-2327. The Bear-Wise hotline can provide guidance on how to avoid non-emergency encounters with black bears. Operators are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week from April 1 until November 30.Trained staff can provide advice about black bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts, and how to remove attractants from property. has information and tips to learn about avoiding encounters with bears.


In an emergency situation when a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and exhibits threatening or aggressive behaviour call 911 or local police.

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