Polar Bear Warning Issued for Cook’s Harbour Area

The Department of Forestry and Wildlife are warning residents of Green Island, near Cook’s Harbour on the Northern Peninsula of reports of a polar bear in the area.

Conservation officers are monitoring the situation.

Residents are advised to take appropriate steps to avoid encounters with polar bears. Please keep pets inside or under close supervision, travel in groups when possible, and never approach a fresh kill or carcass.

Always adhere to the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage to avoid attracting bears into communities and backyards.

Under no circumstances should residents approach a polar bear. While every situation is different, when encountering a polar bear take note of the bear’s behaviour.

If the bear does not see you:

  • quietly back away and leave the area;

  • try to 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 but do not run;

  • if you must speak, do so calmly and firmly; and

  • avoid direct eye contact with the bear.

Anyone sighting a polar bear in this area is asked to call the Forestry and Wildlife District Office in Roddickton-Bide Arm at 709-454-8435, or the standby number at 457-7243.