ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET – A polar bear was sighted in St. Lunaire-Griquet in the area known as White Cape Harbour this morning.
Photos and a video have circulating on Facebook show a polar bear strolling through the community on the morning of March 6.
The bear has been spotted by multiple locals.
Update: Around 4:00 pm, the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources issued a press release cautioning residents about the bear reported in the St. Anthony and St. Lunaire-Griquet areas.
"Residents who live in areas where polar bears have been known to frequent are encouraged to take appropriate steps to avoid an encounter with bears," the press release states. "This includes being aware of your surroundings, keeping pets inside or under close supervision, 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 communities and backwards."
Residents are advised not to approach a polar bear under any circumstances.
If an individual encounters a bear, but the bear does not know you are present, Fisheries and Land Resources advise you take the following actions:
- Quietly back away and leave the area;
- Try and stay downwind of the animal;
- Keep an eye on the bear; and
- Never get between a bear and her cubs.
If the bear has seen or smelled you:
- Remain calm;
- Give the bear 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.
The department asks that anyone sighting a polar bear to contact the local District Forestry and Wildlife Office in St. Anthony at 709-454-8435, or 709-457-7243 after regular office hours.