The Greater Sudbury Police Service Bear Hotline (705-675-9171 extension 2021) provides citizens with an informational recording regarding Black Bears seen within city limits.
The Bear Hotline informs citizens of what they should do when they see a Black Bear and directs individuals to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327). The MNRF Bear Reporting Line is monitored 24-hours a day, seven days a week by trained MNRF staff from April to November. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will determine the appropriate response to each of the calls from citizens.
The Greater Sudbury Police Service Bear Hotline aids in reducing the number of incoming calls to our Communications Center (dispatchers) who are the first point of contact for emergencies. Any calls to our Communications Centre regarding bear sightings will be transferred to the Bear Hotline, unless deemed an immediate threat to personal safety.
9-1-1 should only be dialed if the bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety. Such instances include; a bear entering a school yard when school is in session, a bear trying to or is successful in entering a residence, a bear wandering into a public gathering, a bear killing livestock or a pet, or if a bear is stalking individuals and appears to be aggressive.
All other calls should go directly to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Reporting Line 1-866-514-2327.