Unconfirmed polar bear sighting in Iqaluit’s Sylvia Grinnell Park, residents asked to stay clear of the area
“Please also remember the Arctic is bear country,” says Department of Environment
Nunavut’s Department of Environment is advising the public of an unconfirmed polar bear sighting in Iqaluit’s Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park this afternoon.
The polar bear was reportedly spotted between the park and Peterhead Inlet, across the river from the park, the Department of Environment said in a public service announcement issued just after 4 p.m. today.
The park has been evacuated and conservation officers are currently in the park.
“Iqalummiut are reminded to stay clear of the area to ensure our officers can investigate and patrol the area for any potential dangers,” the PSA said.
The department also reminded residents to exercise caution when outside and be mindful of their surroundings.
“Please also remember the Arctic is bear country, and it is always possible to encounter a polar bear at any time anywhere,” the PSA said.
The department asks anyone sees a bear or signs of a bear to contact the wildlife office at 975-7780 or 222-0167.