The polar bears that caused so much excitement in St. Lunaire-Griquet on Wednesday have been coaxed away from the community.

The two bears, thought to be about three years old, and weighing between 100 and 125 kilograms, wandered through gardens and across roads in the northern peninsula community.

Residents described them as looking relaxed, and not acting in an aggressive manner.

John Blake, the director of wildlife for the provincial government, said the bears would have had no problem in leaving the island of Newfoundland.

"They are very fast and powerful swimmers," said Blake. "They use both front and rear paws as oars and rudders, almost. And they've been known to swim for many hours at a time and many, many miles, even to the point of hundreds of miles."

Wildlife officials said they are not exactly sure where the polars bears are now.