When enjoying Ontario’s campsites, lakes, forests or hiking trails, remember you are in natural bear habitat. Bears have a keen sense of smell, and are attracted by the odour of all food and garbage. Avoid conflicts with bears while camping by being prepared and aware.
- Plan your trip with safety in mind by learning how to avoid attracting a bear.
- Teach children how to be Bear Wise and never approach or run from a bear. Keep children between adults while hiking.
- Think about how to safely store your food and garbage while on the campsite.
- Pack food with special care.
Be Bear Wise:
- Look for signs of bear activity near your campsite.
- Keep dogs on a leash. The bear may follow the dog back to its owner.
- Follow the advice set out by Ontario Parks or the private campground
- Use bear-resistant containers or sealed plastic bags to store food when camping or in back country.
- Hang food at least 4 metres (13 feet) above the ground and 3 metres
(10 feet) from tree limbs.
- Never eat, cook or store food, cooking equipment or toiletries in your tent.
- Clean up at your campsite:
- Clean fish away from your campsite
- Burn scraps and fat droppings
- Drain dish water.
- Long ropes for hanging food and garbage
- Whistle or air horn
- Bear spray
- Long-handled axe
- Dog leash
- Garbage bags
- Easily prepared food
Always call 911 in an emergency.
Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.
Visit ontario.ca/bearwise for more tips on being Bear Wise.
Black bears live in most parts of Ontario. Knowing what to do if you encounter a bear is being Bear Wise.
- Make noise when you move through heavily wooded areas, especially if you are near a stream or waterfall, where bears may not hear you.
- Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
- Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of a bear like tracks, claw marks
on trees or droppings.
- DO NOT wear headphones.
- Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are doing activities
outside (i.e. hiking, jogging, cycling, gardening, berry picking or camping) where bears may not realize you are there.
- If you are out with a dog, keep it on a leash. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.
Think about safety:
- Carry a whistle or air horn.
- Carry and understand how to use bear spray.
- If you are in “back country” consider carrying a long-handled axe.
If you do spot a bear:
- Remain calm and do not run, climb a tree or swim.
- Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight.
- Watch the bear and wait for it to leave, if it does not leave wave your
arms and make noise.
- If you are near a building or vehicle, get inside as precaution.
What to do if an encounter results in an attack:
- Use bear spray.
- Fight back with everything you have.
- Do not play dead unless you are sure a mother bear is attacking in defence of her cubs.
Wednesday, May 16th in the Michipicoten First Nation Library, Show Me How & Let’s Do It is featuring a craftshop to make Rock Collages. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun making beautiful collages with local pebbles.
For more information or to sign up, call 705-856-7354 or 705-856-1993 ext. 219.
There will be a MFN Youth Council Meeting on May 23rd, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. in the MFN Library.
- Bank Account Update
- Car Wash Fundraiser
- Youth Conferences
- A trip to Canada’s Wonderland this summer
All are welcome!
The Woman in the Window- A. J. Finn
The Perfect Nanny- Leila Slimani
The Chalk Man- C. J. Tudor
The Wife Between Us- Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
The Dry- Jane Harper
The Black Painting- Neil Olson
Grist Mill Road- Christopher J. Yates
Sunday Silence- Nicci French
The Thirst- Jo Nesbo
Need to know- Karen Cleveland
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone- J.K. Rowling
The Break- Katherena Vermette
The Reason You Walk- Wab Kinew
Medicine Walk- Richard Wagamese
Motorcycles &Sweetgrass- Drew Hayden Taylor
Son of a Trickster- Eden Robinson
Up Ghost River- Edmund Metatawabin
Those Who Run in the Sky- Aviaq Johnston
Twisted- Helen Hardt
Year One- Nora Roberts
Close Contact- Lori Foster
Promise Not to Tell- Jayne Ann Krentz
Past Perfect- Danielle Steel
Magic- Danielle Steel
Against All Odds- Danielle Steel
Fairytale- Danielle Steel
The Right Time- Danielle Steel
Stephen King- The Dark Tower I-III Boxed Set
Sleeping Beauties- Stephen Kingl Owen King
End of Watch- Stephen King
Revival- Stephen King
Finder’s Keepers- Stephen King
Renegades- Marissa Meyer
The Girl in the Woods- Camilla Lackberg
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
Shatter Me- Taherah Mafi
The Mask That Sang- Susan Currie
The Mortal Instruments- The Complete Collection- Cassandra Clare
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series- Sarah J. Maas
The Sacred Tree- Dr. Jane Goodall DBE
Creative Native American Beading- Teresa Flores Geary Ph D
Spirits of the Earth- Bobby Lake Thom
Sacred Plant Medicine- Stephen Harrod Buhner
Native American Moccasins- A Craft Manual- George M. White
Maker Lab- 28 Super Cool Projects
The Bad Seed- Jory John
Up the Creek- Nicholas Oldland
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime- Alice Schertle
Dog Man #4: Dog Man and Cat Kid- Dav Pilkey
Fancy Nancy Oodles of Kittens- Jane O’Conner
Bedtime 123- Eric Walters
Sea Patrol to the Rescue- James Backshall and Jeff Sweeney
Weird but true! Animals- National Geographic Kids
How to play guitar in 10 easy lessons- Dan Holton
Who was Albert Einstein- Jess Brallier
Minecraft Guide to Redstone
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them- J. K. Rowling
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection
I Love You Through and Through- Bernadette Rossetti- Shustak
The Very Cranky Bear- Nick Bland
The MFN Band Offices and the Medical Centre is closed today due to the poor weather. Offices will open tomorrow morning.
The offices at 3 Maple will remain open today.
Are you interested in planting?
Come join the health team for an introductory session to discuss plans for a Community Vegetable Garden Project. A Composting Project will go along with this too!
All are welcome. The meeting is Tuesday, April 17th at 10 a.m. at the Health Centre.