Outdoor Safety

Bear Wise

Who to Contact

Emergency

Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.

Non-Emergency

Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

From Dec 1-March 31, please contact your local MNRF District office.

Information Fact Sheets

Download OPP Bear Encounter – Who Do I call fact sheet.

Download Be Bear Wise Cottage Fact Sheet

Download the Keep Bears out of Your Neighbourhood fact sheet.

Download Be Bear Wise Camping fact sheet.

Download the Bear County safety fact sheet.

Download the Be Bear Wise –Enjoying the outdoors fact sheet.

Forest Tent Caterpillars

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Outbreaks of forest tent caterpillars occur in Ontario approximately every 10 to 12 years and last anywhere from three to six years in a given location. The last forest tent caterpillar outbreak peaked in 2016/2017.

View a map of areas of deforestation.

Download the Ministry of Natural Resources State of resources reporting PDF.

View the forest tent caterpillar fact sheet.

 

Invasive Species

For more information visit invasive species in Ontario. 

 

The OPP's current policy for all OPP Marine Operators and watercraft:

"Marine members are reminded that any OPP vessels should be cleaned with a 10% household bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) when removed from a lake containing invasive species before being launched into another lake. Any water in the bilge should be drained back into the lake before transport to another area. Any weeds or other vegetation should be removed from the trailer and out drive before transport commences to any other location."

Local Fire Wood

Transporting firewood may seem harmless but can lead to the spread of pests such as insects, plants and diseases. A mass infestation of an invasive species can limit your ability to enjoy the environment around you and negatively affect the property value of your home.

Refrain from moving any firewood to prevent the spread of pests. Moving untreated firewood, to or from a campground or cottage, can spread invasive species and diseases.

Buy Local. Burn Local.

Be aware of movement restrictions

Moving firewood from places where regulated pests have been found can be a violation of the Plan Protection Act, with penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution. Be award of movement restrictions that may be in place before you move wood or wood products.

For more information about these restrictions, contact your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Office.

Noxious Weeds

Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant native to Europe and Asia. It was likely brought to North America by European settlers, who grew it for its edible root. Since its introduction, wild parsnip has escaped from cultivated gardens and spread across the continent. Download the Wild Parsnip Fact Sheet for more information

 

Giant Hogweed

 

GianGiant Hogweedt hogweed, also known as Giant cow parsnip is a perennial plant and a member of the carrot family. It is a garden ornamental from southwest Asia that is naturalizing in North America and becoming more common in southern and central Ontario. Giant hogweed has the potential to spread readily and grows along roadsides, ditches and streams. It invades old fields and native habitats such as open woodlands. Download the Giant Hogweed Fact Sheet for more information.

Other interesting links

Watershed Watch

Download the Conservation Authorities Map made available by Conservation Ontario, to see the operational boundaries of all conservation Authorities in Ontario.

Mississippi Valley Conservation

10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place, Ontario. K7C 3P1

(613) 253-0006

Visit the Mississippi Valley Conservation website for Advisories and Warnings, and further information about the MVC's initiatives.

Quinte Conservation

2061 Old Highway 2, Belleville, Ontario, K8N 4Z2

(613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312

info@quinteconservation.ca

Visit the Quinte Conservation website for Advisories and Warnings, and further information about the QC's initiatives.

Wildlife Concerns

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) is an infectious and often fatal virus in white-tailed deer that was first detected in Ontario in September 2017.

View MNR Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) fact sheet.

Ticks

Ticks are known to carry Lyme Disease, and they are present in Southern Ontario. Visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for more information on ticks and lime disease.

White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome is a virus affecting a large number of bats in Ontario. It appears as a white fungus around the noses of bats. Read more info from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive insect that attacks and kills ash trees. Visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for more information.

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