TORONTO - There have been a number of recent bear sightings in southern Ontario as the warmer weather has the hungry bruins looking for food.

Natural Resources officials say a small population of black bears in northern York and Durham region, near Lake Simcoe, have come out of hibernation and wandered south.

A few of the most recent sightings were in a woodlot in Aurora, just north of Toronto. However, it is possible all were the same bear.

There have also been sightings in rural areas north of Woodstock.

Natural Resources advises people to clean up around bird feeders, clean barbecues after each use, put out trash in the morning instead of the night before pickup day and make sure the lid is on tight.

Should you come face to face with a bear, back away quickly, make a lot of noise and get into your house or car.