July 28, 2001

       FOR 2001 SEASON ONLY

Photo: MNR bear-warning sign

       Ministry of Natural Resources

There is a bear(s) on Diamond Lake acting unusually bold around people. You will probably be visited, day or night, if you camp on Diamond. With four confirmed direct encounters by canoeists (see map), consider this advice for Diamond Lake:

Hang your food in trees (4-5 metres from branches and trunks) if you choose to camp on Diamond
When crossing the Diamond Two-Miler Portage (between Diamond and Willow Island Lakes), hang food packs left unattended.
Eat in your canoe if just passing through Diamond
Call MNR at 705-475-5550 and report any encounters.
Add your encounter to our discussions

Tips for All Temagami

There is a likelihood of bear encounters throughout Temagami given the increased number of benign sightings and the poor mid-summer berry crop. If you do see a bear, consider yourself lucky. Most canoeists go the season without seeing any. But you should consider always hanging your food in trees.

Islands are not bearproof as bears are excellent swimmers so don't think an island campsite will help you avoid a visit.

Diamond Bear-Encounter Report and Map - 2001

MNR's Black Bear Web Site Excellent!

Guides' Report- 2001

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