Fisheries and Land Resources
June 20, 2019

Public Advisory: Polar Bear Warning Issued for Battle Harbour

Conservation officers in Port Hope Simpson and Cartwright are monitoring reports of a polar bear near the Battle Harbour National Historic Site.

All 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 is asked to contact the local district forestry and wildlife office in Port Hope Simpson at 709-966-0400. After regular office hours please call 709-938-7375.

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Media contact
Linda Skinner
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 632-8167
lindaskinner@gov.nl.ca 

2019 06 20                              3:15 p.m.