Persistent bears pester daycare in Sudbury
Daycare operator has exhausted all methods of keeping bears at bay
Black bears have become troublesome guests for a New Sudbury daycare operator.
"Two years now that [the bears] have pushed down our fence, our neighbour's fence," Morelli said, "they ate our hot tub cover twice now. They completely destroyed our neighbour across the street's hot tub cover. They had to get new ones as well. So it's like thousands of dollars of damage in the last couple of years."
Compounding the issue is the number of children who are often outside. She lives near an elementary school, and the bears don't seem deterred by the noisy schoolyard.
"At 3 o'clock, there's kids up and down the street, and three bears are in my back yard playing," Morelli said.
Morelli even managed to film a black bear playing on her backyard slide.
Morelli said it's not uncommon for her to round up the kids in her daycare and rush them inside at first sight of the bears.
In September, a black bear was found dead in a nearby area from a gun wound, police said.
With files from Wendy Bird. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges