Public Advisory: Polar Bear Warning Issued for the Coast of Labrador

by pmnationtalk on March 15, 201775 Views

March 15, 2017

Residents of coastal Labrador are being cautioned about polar bears in and around several communities.

Polar bears have been reported near:

  • Black Tickle
  • Mary’s Harbour
  • Red Bay

Conservation officers are monitoring the movement of the animals.

Residents who live in coastal areas where polar bears have been known to frequent are encouraged to take appropriate steps to avoid an encounter with bears. This includes being aware of your surroundings, travelling in groups when possible, never approaching a fresh kill or carcass, and adhering to the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage to avoid attracting bears into their communities and backyards.

While every encounter is different, if an individual encounters a polar bear, they should first take note of the bear’s behavior. If the bear does not know you are there:

  • Quietly back away and leave the area;
  • Try and stay downwind of the animal;
  • Keep an eye on the bear;
  • Never get between a bear and her cubs.

If the bear has seen or smelled you:

  • Remain calm;
  • Give the bear(s) space and a route to get away;
  • Back away; get out of the situation; never run;
  • If you must speak, do so calmly and firmly; and
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the bear(s).

Anyone sighting a polar bear is asked to contact the local District Forestry Office in Port Hope Simpson at 709-960-0400; in Cartwright at 709-938-7362, or the 24 hour duty officer at 709-897-7117.

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Media contact:

Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409
connieboland@gov.nl.ca

NT5

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