Wandering polar bear captured

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This polar bear spent part of two days wandering through the town of St. Anthony and area before it was captured by Department of Natural Resources officials and transported to Belle Isle.

St. Anthony — A polar bear that had been wandering around this small community has been captured and removed.

The bear was seen walking the streets of St. Anthony Sunday and Monday, causing quite a buzz in the town near the tip of the Northern Peninsula.

The bear was captured without incident Monday afternoon by Department of Natural Resources officials and taken away.

The big beast had also been foraging through people’s yards, causing concern among local authorities.

RCMP Const. Shane Clarke said the bear was first spotted Sunday evening.

It visited a small park in the centre of town, walked down a street, crossed the harbour and went up another road on the other side of town.

“The only bit of trouble are with the bystanders trying to get a look at the polar bear, and it kind of interferes with traffic and stuff,” said Clarke.

“Everybody wants to get an eye on the polar bear and take some pictures and stuff. We always try to stress to them not to approach it and stay away, because it only causes headaches for the wildlife and RCMP.”

Meanwhile, wildlife officials in southern Labrador last week warned people to be on the lookout for polar bears after one was spotted in Lodge Bay.

That bear also wandered the coastal community for the better part of a day before it was scared out of the community by wildlife officials.

The Western Star

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: St. Anthony, Southern Labrador, Western Star

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