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Southern Labrador residents warned of polar bear sightings


Polar bears have been reported in at least four communities in southern Labrador, and the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency is warning residents to be cautious.

The bears have been seen in Charlottetown, Black Tickle, Norman Bay and the Wunderstrands area.
According to a news release from the provincial government, conservation officers are watching the animals’ movements.
The release asks residents to be mindful of proper garbage disposal and storage, and provides the following tips for residents, should they encounter a bear face to face:
• Remain calm;
• Give the bear(s) space;
• Leave: back away, but never run;
• If you need to speak, do so calmly and firmly;
• Avoid eye contact with the bears.
Anyone who sees a polar bear is asked to let their local district forestry office know.

The bears have been seen in Charlottetown, Black Tickle, Norman Bay and the Wunderstrands area.
According to a news release from the provincial government, conservation officers are watching the animals’ movements.
The release asks residents to be mindful of proper garbage disposal and storage, and provides the following tips for residents, should they encounter a bear face to face:
• Remain calm;
• Give the bear(s) space;
• Leave: back away, but never run;
• If you need to speak, do so calmly and firmly;
• Avoid eye contact with the bears.
Anyone who sees a polar bear is asked to let their local district forestry office know.

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