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Polar bear sighting in St. Anthony area

Public advisory
Public advisory

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. – The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is cautioning residents in the St. Anthony area about reports of a polar bear in the region today, June 21.

Residents who live in areas where polar bears have been known to frequent are encouraged to take appropriate steps to avoid an encounter, a release from the department stated.

“This includes being aware of your surroundings, keeping pets inside or under close supervision, travelling in groups when possible, never approaching a fresh kill or carcass, and adhering to the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage to avoid attracting bears into communities and backyards,” the release notes.

Under no circumstances should residents approach a polar bear.

Anyone sighting a polar bear is asked to contact the local District Forestry and Wildlife Office in St. Anthony at 709-454-8435 or 709-457-7243 after regular office hours.

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