Fisheries and Land Resources
November 19, 2019

Public Advisory: Residents of Rocky Harbour Encouraged to Properly Store Garbage to Address Roaming Black Bears

Residents of Rocky Harbour and area are asked to take appropriate action to properly store household garbage to address the problem of black bears roaming the area. To avoid attracting bears in communities and backyards do not store garbage in outside containers until collection day and keep pets inside or under close supervision. Two bear traps are currently set in the area and conservation officers continue to monitor on a regular basis. The public are reminded to avoid areas where traps have been set. 

Residents should take appropriate steps to avoid encounters with black bears as they can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable when approached.  The public are also reminded never to feed any wildlife as it creates a public safety hazard and may lead to the destruction of the animal.

Under no circumstances should a black bear be approached. While every situation is different, when encountering a bear, take note of its behavior. 

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 black bear in this area is asked to call the Forestry and Wildlife District Office in Pasadena at 709-686-2071 or the emergency 24-hour standby number at 709-636-1295.

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Media contact
Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6922
craigrenouf@gov.nl.ca

2019 11 19                              10:10 a.m.