Living close to nature has its advantages, but also some disadvantages that have to be minimized so that humans can live in peace and safety. The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs suggests several ways of controlling the visits of annoying animals through the use of deterrents.
Repulsion: repel the animal with repellents, which are products that affect the animals’ senses. There are visual repellents (scarecrows), sound repellents (propane gun), olfactory repellents (naphthalene) and gustatory repellents (thiram).
Capture and relocation: live capture using a cage requires some experience. It is strongly recommended that you call on specialists, rather than attempting to handle a wild animal yourself. The animal is then moved and released at some distance from where it was captured.
For more information, visit the Wildlife section on the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs website.
Residents living near forested areas are encouraged to adopt responsible behaviour based on the following three cardinal rules:
- Never feed the bears.
- Store food and garbage out of their reach.
- Minimize odours associated with food and garbage.
For more information, visit the Parcs Canada website or the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs website.
There are also some brochures, in French, that you may find helpful:
- QUELQUES CONSEILS... Pour tenir les OURS à distance.
- Vivre en sécurité avec l’ours noir? Une question de responsabilité, brochure from the black bears section of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs website.