The Department of Natural Resources is advising residents to be cautious given recent black bear sightings in and around the town of Gaultois.
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A black bear. TC Media file photo
Based on information received from a number of residents within the community, the sightings have been in the Valley area and near homes immediately behind the government wharf.
Residents should exercise caution when participating in outdoor activities, particularly after dark. To avoid attracting bears into their communities and backyards where they can pose a risk to public safety, residents are encouraged to ensure the proper storage and disposal of garbage, including not storing garbage in outside containers until collection day.
The department warns residents that wild animals can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable when approached by humans.
If anyone encounters a bear, they are reminded to remain calm, back away slowly and do not run, avoid eye contact with the bear and remove any garbage or food that may have attracted the bear.
Anyone sighting a black bear is asked to contact their local forest management office. The standby telephone number for the Gaultois area to be used after regular business hours is 709-538-7436.
It’s the second warning issued by the deparment this week.
Sightings have also been made around the town of Botwood. Conservation officers with the department have placed traps in areas where black bears have been reported and recently relocated a bear from Botwood to a remote area.
The standby telephone number for the local forest management office in the Botwood area, which should be used after regular business hours, is 709-541-0214.