Be Bear Wise and keep your cottage safe from bears

Most human-bear conflicts occur when bears are attracted by smells and rewarded with an easy meal. When bears pick up a scent with their keen noses, they will investigate it – even at your cottage.

Bears will return to an available food source, so keep your cottage clear of attractants like:

  • Open garbage bins
  • Grease and food residue from barbecue grills
  • Ripe fruit that has fallen
  • Meat scraps and food in the composter
  • Bird feeders
  • Pet food
  • Outdoor beverage fridges.

It takes all cottagers working together to be Bear Wise. Remove attractants
or take precautions to avoid unwanted visitors.

When you leave your cottage:

  • Remove garbage or drop it off at a waste disposal site
  • Eliminate odours by disinfecting garbage and recycling bins and
    removing scented products from the outdoors
  • Clean the barbecue and remove any grease or food scraps
  • Remove open food from inside your cottage
  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Have neighbours check in on your house if you are away for an extended period of time.

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 at the cottage