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London police are investigating a possible bear sighting in the city.

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Norman De Bono

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Jul 26, 2021  •  29 minutes ago  •  1 minute read  •  7 Comments A black bear that made its way into Owen Sound in May 2015. A black bear that made its way into Owen Sound in May 2015. Photo by File photo /Postmedia Network

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London police are investigating a possible bear sighting in the city.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources received a call Monday about a bear near a wooded area, Const. Sandasha Bough said.

While police said the sighting was unconfirmed, some social media posts stated a black bear was seen in the area of Windermere Road and Adelaide Street near tennis courts and a wooded area. The area is just east of London’s Masonville neighbourhood.

“We have a dumpster here in our parking lot it may be attracted to,” said Mike McCoubrey, owner of the Waltzing Weasel pub at that intersection. “I don’t think it would come here. It’s too busy, too filled with people.

“We have gotten a lot of beavers, muskrats, deers and rabbits, but never a bear.”

Earlier this month provincial officials reported two bears were linked to about two dozen sightings in Lambton Shores, near Grand Bend.

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There have been 16 bear sightings in Lambton Shores in the last two weeks, officials say, noting the same bear could be involved in more than one sighting. https://tinyurl.com/fxtd8ups

Posted by The London Free Press on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A majority of the bear sightings occurred in Parkhill and two were reported near Plympton-Wyoming.

In June bears were also spotted at Ipperwash Beach, Port Franks and Grand Bend. Residents were advised to remove trash, bird feeders and ripe fruit from trees and the ground.

There were bear sightings in London and Goderich in June last year. At that time, the province said some young male black bears will travel more than 200 kilometres in search of a home, but bear sightings this far south are rare.

London police offered the following tips if you encounter a bear:

  • Remain calm and avoid panicking
  • Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and waiting for it to leave
  • If the bear does not leave, wave your arms and make a noise with a whistle or air horn if those items are accessible

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