THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 21, 2010 ----- Residents of a Summer Cottage community just east of Thunder Bay are very upset about the MNR being unable to rescue a young bear with a plastic jar lodged on the head.
Last week the bear was spotted on highway 11 17 about 30 km east of Thunder Bay. Workmen doing highway construction work tried to remove the jar from the bear head unsuccessfully. When residents on this past Monday contacted Bear Wise they were told that they had received a number of calls about the bear.
Ross Johnston, Thunder Bay District, MNR, the bear was originally spotted in Hurket two weeks ago. The bear is a year and a half old and presently weights between 60 to 80 pounds..
An MNR person responded to a call to Lambert Island on Tuesday were the bear was spotted on a deck of a cottage. At that time they searched the Island unsuccessfully
Residents in the area between Birch Beach and Sunnyside Beach are hoping that MNR make tranquilizing this bear a priority.
MNR has set a bear trap on Lambert Island which is attached to the mainland by a one lane bridge.
Robert Paterson says the bear is in this predicament because someone didn't do a proper job of recycling the jar in the first place.
"Animals get into trouble when we don't do things the way we should do them," he said.
The photo of the young bear was taken on Tuesday on the deck of Robert Paterson's home of Lambert Island.
Ross Johnston, Thunder Bay District, MNR, told Lake Superior News that if residents spots the bear to please contact the MNR by phoning Bear Wise at 1 866-514-2327.
They can reach him and his staff 24 hours a days 7 days a week.