THUNDER BAY -- Some city residents woke up Tuesday to a family of bears roaming their neighbourhood.
For the second time in two weeks, Thunder Bay Police Service officers and Ministry of Natural Resources officials were called to the Garden Avenue area for a bear sighting. But unlike the first bear call, Monday’s bear encounter was a family affair.
When police arrived at the scene, they found a mother bear with three cubs in the area. All four bears were perched in a tree of a homeowner’s front yard.
It was a happy ending for everyone involved. No residents were harmed by the bears, while the four animals eventually climbed down from the tree and fled safely to some nearby bushes.
That’s not how things ended two weeks ago, when a resident reported being mauled by a bear. As a result of that incident, police were forced to put that bear down.
MNR Bear Wise Officer Rick Hagdu says both bear incidents in the area are the result of people leaving garbage behind. He adds that residents should take extra care of their garbage to help reduce the number of bear encounters.
But homeowner Orvin Loroff believes that moving the bears back into the bush is only a band-aid solution. He wants the spring bear hunting rules to change to include more areas in Northwestern Ontario to help control the population in the Thunder Bay community.
Loroff said he's noticed an increase in bear activity since moving to the area in 1972.