Bear Encounter

Bear sightings at Nipissing University have, and will continue to occur. To help educate the University community on bear behaviour, the following links to the Ministry of Natural Resources’ website provide information on how to avoid bear encounters and what to do in the unlikely event of a bear attack.

All bear sightings should be reported to the Facilities Office at Ext 4848 as soon as possible following the occurrence.

Note: Residence staff will report bear sighting to Security Services, no matter the time of day or day of the week, but also follow-up each sighting with an email to facilities.

Be safe in bear country

Black bears live in most parts of Ontario. Chances are wherever you live, visit or spend your leisure time, you will be near bears or bear habitat. For your own personal safety, it is important that you learn about bears and their behaviour. Know how to prevent and handle potential encounters with bears.

How to avoid encounters with black bears while enjoying the outdoors

Black bears are smart, curious, powerful and potentially dangerous. And they don’t like surprises. If you are a hiker, cyclist, jogger, berry picker, or you plan to spend some time in “bear country”, you need to know how bears behave so that you can avoid an encounter.

What to do if you encounter a bear

Knowing what to do if you encounter a bear is being “Bear Wise”. But some encounters may be more dangerous than others, so it’s important to recognize the signs, and know what you can do to protect yourself.