Sunday in Sudbury was hot. How hot? A momma bear and a cub felt compelled to take a quick dip in Vip Palladino’s pool.
Palladino, vice president of Palladino Honda, located on the 990 Kingsway Sudbury, said the bears used his backyard in-ground pool Sunday afternoon.
“Even bears need to cool off on a hot day,” Palladino joked.
Palladino said he was inside his house reading a new novel in his south end home when he heard his neighbour knocking on the door Sunday.
His neighbour asked if he knew he had two bears swimming in his pool. Palladino said no, ran to the window, but the bears had already left. Thankfully, his neighbour took some shots of the momma bear and cub swimming in his pool.
The bears didn’t wreck the lining in the pool and must had only been swimming for five minutes before they decided to leave, Palladino said.
Bears sighting, of course, are not that unusual here, the City of Greater Sudbury said on it website, the city said. The city’s website provides a link for residences who are curious to learn and understand bear behaviour, as well as take steps to avoid any encounters.
According to Ontario.ca, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety, and either enters a school yard when school is in session, enters or tries to enter a home, wanders into public gathering, kills livestock or pets, and stalks people, you should call the local police service.
“Generally bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare,” the province said on its website.
Non-emergencies should be reported to Bear Wise between the months of April and November at 1-866-514-2327.
Non-emergencies include bears roaming around, checking garbage cans, breaking into a shed where garbage or food is usually stored, in a tree and moving through a backyard or field, but is not lingering.
During December to March, contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry if you have a concern.
If you want to avoid bear encounters, the website gives you the following steps:
– Do not put your garbage out at night.
– Fill your bird feeders during the winter months.
– Do not leave pet food outdoors or near screened-in areas.
– Pick up fallen and rotten fruit off your property.
– Lastly, make sure your barbecue has burned off any food residue, empty grease trap and remove all dishes after eating if you want to eliminate any possible bear encounters.
If you do happen to encounter a bear, the website said not to panic and assess the situation as a sighting, a surprise or a close encounter.
“When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed and usually just want to flee. Generally the nosier the bear is the less dangerous it is, provided you do not approach the bear. The noise is meant to ‘scare’ you off as a warning signal,” according to the website.
Do not scream, turn your back on the bear, run, kneel down, and make direct eye contact. Also don’t try to climb a tree or retreat into water — a bear can swim much better than you.