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2014-08-27 at NOON

Treed bear

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- People around County Boulevard got a reminder to clean up their apple trees Wednesday morning after a bear wandered into the neighbourhood.

City police officers were called to the 200-block of the boulevard at about 8:30 a.m. after residents spotted a bear up a tree.

The 260-pound male bear was up the tree for several hours, poked with tranquilizers by a MNR conservation officer before safely climbing down and falling asleep in a net laid out for him.

"The best case scenario happened today, which is what we wanted," said Thunder Bay Police Service acting Sgt. Taxios Milionis.

"Bears do get scared, they're territorial and then you're looking at around 200 pounds of an angry animal with claws."

Milionis said he's just happy that no one was put at risk as public safety is the number one concern.

MNR officials say the bear was likely lured to the area by a nearby backyard, which had an apple tree with the fruit covering the ground, which residents should clean up to keep bears and other animals away.

There were also several garbage bags left overnight on the boulevard, something they're asking people not to do.

Rick Tomiak was watching the action with his grandkids from across the street where he's lived since 1977. He said he wasn't too concerned about safety as they were inside the house. But he'd like the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and city council to think about allowing bear hunts within city limits, similar to deer.

"Now we have bears running around in the city limits, I think maybe that's something both parties should look at," he said.

The bear was taken away in a trailer.

Once he's fully awake, the MNR will drop him off in an undisclosed area outside of city limits.


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ROCKIT says:
Excellent job by MNR and Police they did not harm the bears ,i had one i my yard by the superstore on Monday and they did excellent job of safely handling bear ..
8/28/2014 4:08:57 PM
Jack Frost says:
Great to see this innocent hungry Bear not injured or killed.

Job well done by all !!

Thanks to all on behalf of this very grateful bear.

8/28/2014 3:39:10 PM
sententia says:
It is good they did not kill it
8/28/2014 9:25:35 AM
The Critic says:
No offense to Rick Tomiak, but even as an avid bear hunter I would not eat the meat from a "city bear". Nor would most other hunters I know. A "city limits" hunt is not justified.

Think of the types of things they eat living in close proximity to humans... it's not all apples plucked fresh from the tree in peoples back yards... I'll stick to eating the excellent tasting berry-fed ones...

Part of living in the North is also realizing that we will occasionally have bear in town, and just because you see one doesn't mean it's an immediate threat.

Plus the common hunting method of baiting goes against the idea that people should stop putting items outside that draw bear closer to town. Plus your neighbors would hate you....
8/28/2014 9:16:55 AM
sawmillsteve says:
Patti your one of those thunder bay people that complain about everything. How about a job well done for a change.
Go complain somewhere else.
8/28/2014 4:55:01 AM
mystified says:
There has to be something in the water in Tbay to cause so much negativity and sarcasm.
Bears are free to roam the land. They get hungry, they smell food, they come to town.
The bear has been relocated. It doesn't matter how many people it took to move it but it was done safely.
8/28/2014 1:44:51 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
Why is it that when human's encroach on the territory of wildlife, our solution involves hunting and killing rather than finding out what it takes to live together...if you put food out, they are going to come...squirrels, deer, bears, wolves...clean up your mess people.
8/28/2014 12:08:02 AM
Arch Stanton says:
Last I heard, the 'undisclosed location' is around Armstrong.
8/28/2014 12:06:08 AM
ring of fire dude says:
They should have released it in the Muskoka area :)
8/28/2014 3:34:12 PM
North18 says:
Patti, there were three police cars there but only one officer in each car and there was only 1 MNR officer. That's 4 people in total to make sure the bear stayed where it was until it could be safely put to sleep and taken away to be released. I don't think that's overkill at all. You would probably be first in line to blame the police had something happen with only this many officers at the call.
8/27/2014 10:45:14 PM
Crinkles says:
oh Heavens this is un-BEAR-able
8/27/2014 10:20:45 PM
CM Punk says:
Kudos to the Police and MNR.
Its nice to hear a happy ending for a change when it comes to these bear sightings in the city and not take the approach of being gun happy and killing them.

We live in northern Ontario so even in the city this should not be a surprise.
People need to take better note when storing their garbage outside as bears have an incredible sense of smell. And they are attracted to apple trees too.

I leave them alone. I have the best backyard with deer, bears, squirrels and chipmunks all seemingly to live in harmony.
8/27/2014 9:30:24 PM
PurpleLeaves says:
Great work TB Police and MNR!
8/27/2014 4:26:35 PM
localdog says:
Good job to the MNR and the TBay Police for taking the humane approach to handing this situation. If they can deal with a black bear like this it really makes you wonder why police in the States are needlessly shooting and killing family dogs left right and center.

C'mon Rick, County Park is across the street from hundreds of miles of forest. You should expect that every now and then the occasional wild animal is going to cross that imaginary boundary from their territory in to ours. No harm done here right? I'm sure the "what if" crowd will come up with all kinds of nonsensical reasons to justify a city-wide bear hunt but there's no need to call in the gun nutters just yet.
8/27/2014 3:15:23 PM
patti says:
I counted at least three Police cars, and an unknown amount of MNR guys ?? Does this seem like overkill to you ??

8/27/2014 3:09:22 PM
smartguy83 says:
Not at all actually. The call goes out and they respond. Just like any other city on the planet. Not to mention 1 car would not be sufficient as they need to ensure the area is somewhat sealed.
8/28/2014 3:04:34 PM
Papercut says:
Wonderful to see that they were able to tranquillize the bear rather than blasting it with the shotgun.

8/27/2014 2:19:00 PM
dynamiter says:
Dont know what the range is for these bears daily - but there should be another call soon as I saw one this big crossing the Harbour expressway at Mapleward on Monday heading south towards Arthur Street. Lots of bush out there but not many blueberries in that next of the woods.
8/27/2014 1:42:39 PM
BuddhaMum says:
Oh geez...humans take over areas once populated by animals and get upset when they roam into our neighbourhoods. Hunt them! They were here first but hunt them rather than stay out of their areas. Building is expanding outside city limits, animal habitats are being destroyed, and people wonder why animals find their way into neighbourhoods and look for food. Sheesh.
8/27/2014 1:19:04 PM
grs says:
So you'll be moving from Thunder Bay then? Let me know how it goes finding a city/town/village/place in the country that wasn't "once populated by animals", so you can "stay out of their areas".

A pack of wolves moves into a rabbit's territory where the rabbit was there first. Do you think that any of the wolves would be telling the one wolf who killed the rabbit that the rabbit has rights because it was there first?
8/28/2014 9:14:23 AM
sonny_jim says:
Yeah, it's a new thing to have bears within city limits.... [sarcasm]
8/27/2014 1:11:37 PM
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