North-end Brockville residents are being warned of a bear possibly on the loose in the area.
Brockville police received numerous reports about a young bear in the area of Peden Boulevard, Windsor Drive, Laurier Boulevard and Duke Street early Friday.
The animal was seen at Duke and Windsor at 6 a.m., according to a police release issued at 7:45.
Residents of the area are being advised to keep an eye out for the cub and presume it is looking for its mother.
Police later reported the last spot the bear was located was the Dana Street/Windsor Drive area; police believe it is possible the animal was headed to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area.
Residents should monitor children’s outdoor activities and keep all garbage and food sources inside and away from wildlife, police suggest.
Anyone who spots a bear is asked to avoid it, seek safety and call Brockville police at 613-342-0127.
Police have contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources about the bear sighting. They advised residents to go to the Ontario.ca website and look up “Bear Wise” for useful tips and information regarding spotting a bear and what to do.
Officials note that when bears are caught off-guard, they are stressed and usually just want to flee. People should stop and remain calm.
Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, provided one does not approach it. The noise is meant to “scare” people off and acts as a warning signal.
People should slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and wait for it to leave. If the bear does not leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with a whistle or air horn. Bang pots and pans together to scare it off.
People should prepare to use bear spray or, if near a building or vehicle, get inside as a precaution.
Officials warn people not to run, climb a tree or swim, since “a bear can do these things much better than you.”
People also should not kneel down or make direct eye contact.
Residents are advised to call 911 or local police if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and exhibits threatening or aggressive behaviour, such as stalking people and lingering at the site; entering or trying to enter a residence; wandering into a public gathering; or killing pets or livestock, then lingering at the site
The contact number for the Ministry of Natural Resources is 1-866-514-2327 for reported sightings.
Drugs located inside car
GANANOQUE – Town police arrested a 29-year-old Gananoque man and held him for a bail hearing after a drug seizure on Wednesday.
Officers were on patrol when they observed the man leaving a residence; he is known to police and was wanted on outstanding charges, police added.
The accused allegedly tried to enter a vehicle to evade police and attempted to conceal items inside the car that were on his person.
Officers located substances believed to be crystal meth and fentanyl with a total value of $1,060. Police did not specify the charges in the release.