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Sault police respond to report of mama bear, cubs near Hiawatha

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Sault Police were called Saturday to the Pinder Trail near Hiawatha for a sighting of a mother bear and two cubs.

The animals were not located, but are believed to still be in the area, said the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in a news release.

"No injuries were reported of any kind," said police.

"Please be aware of the bear and cubs if attending in the Hiawatha area."

Bear safety

The police service offered the public some tips on what to do and what not to do if they encounter a bear.

Do

  • Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and wait for it to leave.
  • If the bear does not leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with a whistle or air horn.
  • Prepare to use bear spray.
  • If you are near a building or vehicle get inside as a precaution.

Do not

  • Run, climb a tree or swim — bears can do these things much better than most people.
  • Kneel down.
  • Make direct eye contact.
  • Let your dog off its leash.
  • Attempt to feed the bear.

More information on bear safety can be found of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry’s Bear Wise program webpage.

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