Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
January 27, 2016

Public Advisory: Polar Bear Warning Issued for Fogo Island

Residents are cautioned following reported sightings of polar bears tracks near the community of Titling, on the eastern end of Fogo Island.

Conservation officers confirmed the tracks to be within one kilometre of the community and believe the polar bear has since returned to saltwater.

Residents are encouraged to take appropriate steps, including the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage, to avoid attracting bears into their communities and backyards.

If an individual encounters a polar bear, they should:

  • 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).

Anyone sighting a polar bear is asked to contact their local District Forestry Office. A list of offices can be found at: www.faa.gov.nl.ca/department/contact_forestry.html#satellite.

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Media contact:

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Forestry and Agrifoods Agency
709-729-4570, 693-1865
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca

2016 01 27                              2:55 p.m.