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Black bears and urban expansion
August 6, 2016

Black bears are now frequently sighted in residential areas of south-western Ontario. CEN researcher Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, specialist in animal ecology and conservation, says this phenomenon may be explained by the intensification of urban expansion. The increased number of houses built on farm land and in wooded areas means that these lots are occupying areas that are also suitable for black bears. The researcher reminds readers that although encounters with black bears leading to human injuries are rare, it is recommended to keep away from them when seen.

You can read here the short piece on Radio-Canada’s website (in French).


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