Bear sightings in capital region on the rise, but that should be no surprise

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, September 11, 2018

It’s bear season in town, the annual period when bears on the hunt for calories are poking noses into garbage cans and climbing backyard apple trees, not causing much harm but scaring the daylights out of people.

Richard Moore has been dealing with them for 33 years as a conservation officer with the National Capital Commission.

These days he is receiving a couple of reports of bears every day, and sometimes three or four.

“The last couple of years we’re getting a lot of sightings. We’re getting a lot of bears close to properties on the Quebec side, and also as you can see in the ByWard Market,” he said Tuesday.

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