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Bear sightings in Rockingham and Bedford areas

From HRM:
(Monday, June 14, 2010) – District 16 (Rockingham – Wentworth)
Councillor Debbie Hum said today she is  receiving  numerous reports of
bear sightings in her district and has also heard of similar sightings
in the Bedford area.

A bear was reported in backyards on Saskatoon Drive and also in the
Prince's Lodge neighbourhood near Hemlock Ravine Park.  It is not known
if it is the same black bear.  Reported sightings also indicate it could
be a mother bear and her cub.  With these sightings so close to
residential neighbourhoods, parks and schools Councillor Hum said she
and the residents who have contacted her are concerned.

“Residents need to know that there is at least one bear roaming in a
broad area, and it doesn't appear shy to approach residences,” said
Councillor Hum, whose district is home to Hemlock Ravine Park, Kearney
Lake and Birch Cove Lakes, and large tracks of private lands including
forested and wilderness areas.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has responsibility
for investigating problem bear situations.

DNR reports that bears can be attracted to garbage, compost, pet food,
bird feeders and barbeque grills that are not properly cleaned.

Bear sightings in residential communities and near homes should be
reported to DNR, where trained staff will determine the appropriate
action. During business hours, call the local Natural Resources office
at in Waverley at 861-2560. After hours, on weekends and holidays, call
toll free 1-800-565-2224.

To learn more about how to prevent bear incidents, what to do and who
to call when you see a black bear, visit the Natural Resource's website
at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/bears.asp .

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