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Vancouver has coyotes, but not here on the southern part of the island - at, least, I haven’t heard of them being here. It’s not uncommon, but by that I mean about once a year, that you read of a person or their dog getting attacked by wild animals while camping or hiking. It’s not frequent. I’ve never heard of an actual attack in the city. It’s very rare to hear of a death by a grizzly (no grizzlies on the Island, they are inland I think, but there are “smaller” bears), or other vicious animals. Honestly, I’ve heard more over the years about pit bull maulings, which can happen anywhere.Cougars and grizzlies are a good reason for me to live on the East coast. We have coyotes that can become aggressive, but I have yet to meet one really close. The do reduce the amount of stray cats here
If you get up towards Georgian Bay, there are black bears.
And we don't have grizzlies here. Polar bears, of course, don't come this far South but I think they get them in the far North of Ontario up around James Bay. So a bear in Southern or Central Ontario is a black bear, period.Unless they are grizzlies or polar bears they are all black bears. Even the brown ones are black bears!
Cool!Once, on a canoe trip, we saw a silver mother bear with her youngsters. We spotted the babies and quit paddling. Mother eventually noticed us and hustled the wee ones into the shrubbery. Too bad the cameras were all packed in dry spaces! Or maybe not - we all got lots of mental pictures to keep in out memory albums!
It does seem like bears are migrating south here in Ontario. There have been sightings, and unfortunately given the danger of them foraging in populated areas is that at least one ended up getting shot and killed by the police because MNR "arrived too late" that morning. Bears roaming about a neighbourhood at the same time kids are going to school puts everyone at risk, especially the bear.They are technically native in Southern Ontario, just got driven North by human encroachment.
Yikes. Close call.We were visited by a young grizzly when camping in Kananaskis. The bear had been pestering elsewhere in the campground for a few days. Conservation staff had tried chasing it away - it returned. They trapped it and released it some distance away - and it returned. They shot at it with rubber bullets - and it returned. It then visited us and wandered off. Later that evening it charged the Conservation staff and they shot it. They hate doing that but just can't leave animals that behave aggressively anywhere near the campers.