News Food Shortage Leading Bears into Northern Communities SHARE ON: Gregory Rosser, contributor, Thursday, Aug. 27th, 2015 OPP detachments say they have been responding to numerous bear complaints in northeastern communities. The Regional Outreach Specialist with the MNR for Kapuskasing and Hearst, Heather Pridham says our late spring and widespread frost in May might be to blame. She says this caused less of their food sources to blossom and grow fruit. Pridham says storing your garbage securely and properly cleaning barbecues are great ways to prevent bears from entering backyards. You can visit www.ontario.ca/bearwise for more information and to report bears that aren’t an immediate threat. Police say always call 911 if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat.