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       Ministry of Natural Resources

 

 

You can help by:

1. Reporting encounters to MNR at 705-475-5550 

2. Adding a message to the forum here.

 

Bear Report 2002

There have been no bear encounters reported this season, except at Red Squirrel Lake in June (see Guides' Report and News Briefs).

Bear Report 2001

There is a likelihood of bear encounters throughout Temagami given the increased number of benign sightings and the poor mid-summer berry crop.

   Diamond Lake Bear Warning - 2001

   Diamond Bear-Encounter Report and Map - 2001

   Guides' Report - 2001

   July 28, 2001 Bear Advisory - Upgraded to Warning

Annual bear-hunting season - Aug 15 to Oct 15

   Fall bear-hunting advisory

Tips for All Temagami

If you do see a bear, consider yourself lucky. Most canoeists go the season without seeing any. But you should consider always hanging your food in trees or removing it from the campsite.

Islands are not bearproof as bears are excellent swimmers so don't think an island campsite will help you avoid a visit.

Websites

   MNR's Black Bear Web Site Excellent!

   American Bear Association

   North American Bear Center

  

Photo: MNR warning sign on bears

Ministry of Natural Resources

History

Before 2001, there were only been two known nuisance bears in the backcountry in the last 30 years. In 2001, a nuisance bear roamed Diamond Lake (see Bear Report 2001 above). 

Hobart Bear The notorious Hobart Lake bear terrorized campers on Hobart Lake, at the base of Maple Mountain, from 1975 to 1980. The lower-east campsite actually had "Beware Bear" scratched on the rock.

Sand Island Bear A sow and cub staked out the northern campsite on the Sand Islands on Lady Evelyn Lake, just south of Redpine Point. They were only there in 1999.

Bear Removal   The Ministry will attempt to remove a bear when it becomes aggressive. But removal is no easy matter. This is the backcountry. Here a bear cannot be trapped, only shot. And how does the MNR find the right bear. "It's not wearing a name tag," says Temagami Parks superintendent John Salo.

 

You can help by:

1. Reporting encounters to MNR at 705-475-5550 

2. Adding a message to the forum here.

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