Nfld. & Labrador

Polar bear warning for Baie Verte Peninsula

Newfoundland and Labrador officials have issued a polar bear warning for the La Scie area of the Baie Verte Peninsula.

Bear reported near the community of La Scie

This polar bear was shot in Hopedale, Labrador, last year. (Jennifer Anne Dicker)

Newfoundland and Labrador officials have issued a polar bear warning for the La Scie area of the Baie Verte Peninsula.

The bear was seen near the community of La Scie around cabins on an access road known locally as the Site Road.

Conservation officers are monitoring the movement of the bear.They are warning people in the area not approach it, and offered this advice to anyone who encounters a polar bear:

  • Remain calm;
  • Give the bear(s) space;
  • 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)

A polar bear was killed by provincial conservation officers Thursday on the Northern Peninsula near Goose Cove.

The bear tried to enter at least four homes and killed animals at a nearby farm before it was shot.

Last year, a polar bear was killed in the coastal Labrador community of Hopedale.

 

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