Prowling polar bear more than 100 km from coast ‘kind of scary’ for Shamattawa community members


A polar bear is operating unfastened in and round a northern Manitoba First Nation, the chief says, a reasonably uncommon sight for the distant community more than 100 kilometres from Hudson Bay.

Shamattawa First Nation Chief Jordna Hill says it was first noticed about 4 days in the past and it hasn’t but been caught by conservation officers.

“It’s variety of scary for us, the community members and all people else,” he stated.

It’s been a number of years since a polar bear was final seen within the community, Hill stated. CBC News final reported on a sighting in 2010.

Conservation officers instructed Hill they are going to return on Tuesday to go looking once more to allow them to relocate the bear additional from civilization.

Chief Jordna Hill says community members in Shamattawa First Nation are involved about having a polar bear on the unfastened. (William Miles/Facebook)

CBC News has requested more info from Manitoba Conservation, however did not instantly obtain a response.

Doug Clark, an affiliate professor on the University of Saskatchewan’s college of surroundings and sustainability, stated it is not unheard of to see a polar bear stray that far-off from Hudson Bay.

“It’s solely 130 kilometres from the coast and for a polar bear, that is not a very huge distance. Polar bears have been noticed in that half of the province earlier than,” he stated.

One of Clark’s areas of analysis is polar bear and human conflicts.

“The bear … is doing what polar bears do once they come to communities. They’re responding to attractants that they’ve smelled and so they’re wanting for issues to eat.”

A polar bear is seen in Shamattawa First Nation over the weekend. (William Miles/Facebook)

What is uncommon is the bear going proper into the community, he stated.

Clark does not imagine the bear travelled south as a result of it was ravenous — the animal seems to be in good well being in photos taken of it.

Anyone who encounters a wild polar bear ought to discover a secure place like a automobile or constructing, and name the Polar Bear Alert line at 204-675-2327.


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