Dipper spotted in Cleveland


The Municipality of the Township of Cleveland issued a warning on its Facebook page on Wednesday about a bear with cubs that had been spotted in the area of ​​Brown Road, not far from Route 116 near Toyota Richmond. Area residents are encouraged to be cautious in wooded areas and to make lots of noise to ward off animals. People with dogs were also encouraged to leash them on their walks, as the scent of a dog could also discourage bears from getting too close.
Reached to comment on the situation, a municipal employee said that there was no more information available on the mother bear, and that the publication had been made in order to disseminate information shared by a resident of the region.
According to the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks of Quebec, the MFFP, there are approximately 800,000 black bears in North America, of which some 70,000 live in Quebec. Bears are known for their keen sense of smell and great appetite, the latter being the most common reason for interactions between animals and their human neighbors.
Unlike their larger cousins, most of whom are not native to the province, the ministry notes that black bears tend to shy away from loud noises or unusual smells. They can react aggressively when startled or approached.
The ministry’s black bear information also notes, however, that black bears sometimes attack without apparent provocation and that the best strategy is to give them as much space as possible.
The public is encouraged never to intentionally feed bears and to ensure that potentially edible items are kept out of their reach.
All wild animals are unique and their response to humans is unpredictable. Anyone encountering a bear in the wild is encouraged by the MFFP to remain calm. If the animal is still at a distance, speak calmly so that the bear recognizes the presence of a human and back away while maintaining eye contact. Avoid screaming or running, as this may encourage a chase, unless running gets you to a safe place quickly. If backing away from the bear doesn’t calm him down, just keep going, in order to get as far away as possible.
Finally, if a bear is following you insistently, face the animal and try to look as big and imposing as possible. Wave your arms and speak in a loud voice. Hit nearby trees with a stick, if possible. Climbing a tree can provide temporary shelter, but the ministry warns that black bears are able to climb trees if they are motivated.
Anyone who sees the bear in Cleveland is encouraged to call the municipality at 819-826-3546 ext. 101.
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