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Wildlife sighting in EG

The Town has received reports of wild animals, such as bears, within the Town. Wild animals often find their way into residential areas and may tear open garbage, cause concern for residents and come into conflict with pets. Avoid conflict by following these important tips:

  • Keep your distance when you encounter a wild animal
  • Do not feed animals. This will make them less fearful of humans
  • Never attempt to tame a wild animal
  • Do not let pets chase animals. This could result in injuries to your pet


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.


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.

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