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

The gate at the road to Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park in Iqaluit is closed this afternoon after a reported polar bear sighting across the river from the park this afternoon, Nunavut’s Department of Environment says. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Jimi on

    What a joke. How is this PSA worthy? And in other news, Baker Lake has a lot of misquotes this past weekend.

  2. Posted by Old trapper on

    Closed haha just shoot it when it get close no need to close it

  3. Posted by Paul Murphy on

    I recognize the concern expressed by the powers that be, but how does that gate prevent anyone from entering the park. Only the one mode of transportation, the car or truck, is stopped. Everyone can atv or walk it in.

  4. Posted by Old trapper on

    Remember this ARE LAND NUNAVUT remove the gate .

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