Illegal dumping has attracted a large sow and two cubs to the Duchesnay area.
Nipissing First Nation administration (NFNA) is saying that residents were going for a walk on the trails behind Commonwealth Plywood this morning when their dog went to investigate the trash that was recently dumped and was startled by the bears.
NFNA says that although there have been a lot of bear sightings across the community recently, this family of bears was directly attracted to the household waste that was dumped in the area.
NFNA says to be vigilant and keep a close eye on children and pets and to call 911 or local police if a bear poses an immediate threat.
NFNA is reminding residents that illegal dumping is a serious environmental issue and is strictly prohibited on any property within Nipissing First Nation, including rail beds.
NFN is looking for assistance from the public (vehicle/driver description, licence plate #, items in trailer/truck) if you witness any dumping activity. All tips are confidential and can be reported to Patrick Stevens, Community Infrastructure Manager at 705-753-2050 ext. 1220 or by email to [email protected]