MAKKOVIK, N.L. – Residents of Makkovik are being reminded of the potential presence of polar bears at this time of year.
According to a release from the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, one of the animals was removed from the area on Thursday, July 5.
Conservation officers with the department’s forestry and wildlife division, officials with the Nunatsiavut Government and RCMP immobilized the polar bear and successfully relocated it to an island north of the community.
“Polar bears are moving back north at this time of the year and depending on ice conditions can come close to shore and be attracted to communities,” the release states.
Residents who live in areas where polar bears have been known to frequent should take appropriate steps to avoid encounters.
That 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.
Anyone who sees a polar bear should contact the Forestry and Wildlife Office in North West River at 709-497-8479 or 709-897-7116 after regular office hours.