Polar Bear Removed from Makkovik

Residents of Makkovik are cautioned about polar bears after one was recently removed from the area.

Polar bears are moving back north at this time of the year and depending on ice conditions can come close to shore and be attracted to communities. Conservation Officers with the Forestry and Wildlife Division of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, with assistance from local Nunatsiavut Government officials and the RCMP, successfully immobilized and relocated a polar bear to an island north of Makkovik on Thursday.

Residents who live in areas where polar bears have been known to frequent are encouraged to take appropriate steps to avoid encounters with bears. 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.

Under no circumstances should residents approach polar bears.