Nfld. & Labrador

Up close with a young black bear in Gros Morne

Lucas Meyer and his girlfriend pulled over to take some pictures of a black bear cub on the side of the road Monday morning in Gros Morne.

Couple took pictures from the safety of their vehicle

Lucas Meyer and his girlfriend pulled over their car to get a close look at young black bear on the side of the highway in Gros Morne. (Submitted by Brook Walters)

Lucas Meyer and his girlfriend, Brook Walters, had a close encounter with a young black bear on Monday morning.

The couple was driving toward Rocky Harbour in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park when they noticed some vehicles pulled over with emergency lights flashing. 

They pulled over themselves to see what the fuss was all about, and discovered there was a bear cub eating some grass on the side of the road.

Parks Canada website says you should consider not pulling over should you encounter a bear on the side of the road. (Submitted by Brook Walters)

Meyer rolled down his window and called the bear over. When the bear came closer, he put his window up and took some pictures from inside his car.

"He got a bit of dirt on my window," Meyer said, emphasizing that the couple never got out to see the bear, and never tried to touch it. 

Lucas Meyer says vehicles were pulled over on the side of the road to get a close look at the young black bear on Monday morning. (Submitted by Brook Walters)

"If it was bigger I probably would've been frightened to death, but he looked like he was calm and harmless at the time."

Meyer, who is from the Baie Verte Peninsula, said he had never been so close to an animal like that before. 

The Parks Canada website advises against stopping to see bears on the side of the road. 

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Gary Moore

CBC News

Gary Moore is a video journalist based in Fredericton.