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Efforts to locate the bears are ongoing: police

Efforts to locate the bear(s) are ongoing and rely on the public to report any sightings, said a police statement issued around noon yesterday.

It did not update on the status of the bear and a cub seen in Courtice on June 6 and 7. However, police are urging residents to take precautions.

Members from East Division and the Ministry of Natural Resources responded after residents in the Courtice area reported seeing a black bear, possibly two, over the weekend. The Ministry of Natural Resources became the lead agency in response to this situation. The bear and/or cub was seen in the Prestonvale Road and Meadowglade Road area on Sunday, June 6. The bear reportedly moved northeast and was last seen in the Trulls Road and Nash Road area in the evening of June 7, said the statement.

Bears don’t typically approach humans and are usually in search of a food source found from bird feeders or garbage. DRPS is reminding residents of Clarington to remove all exterior sources of food around their homes and backyards, including garbage, compost, bird feeders and to clean barbeque grills after use.

For more information on bears and safety tips, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website at www.bears.mnr.gov.on.ca. To avoid conflict with bears, prepare and be aware. If you see a bear, call the Ministry of Natural Resources bear reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

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