Warnings are being sent out across the region now that bears are coming out of hibernation. Some sightings have already been reported across Haliburton County, so residents should be taking precautions.

This means storing garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids, putting away bird feeders, cleaning outdoor barbecue grills and keeping dogs on a leash. If a bear is an immediate threat, call 911, and for non-emergencies, call the MNR Bear Reporting Line at 1-866-514-2327.

For more information on preventing an encounter, click here. For more information on who to contact when you spot a bear, click here.