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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Suspected polar bear spotted on Gaspé peninsula, SQ cautions citizens

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Key takeaways: 

  • Bear spotted close to the old airport in Madeleine-Centre, Que., the police state, far south of normal habitat range.
  • The suspected polar bear sighting in Madeleine-Centre, Que., follows sightings before April in Baie-Johan-Beetz, approximately 200 kilometers to the north, and in the Innu community of Unamen Shipu, on the Lower North Shore.

Quebec Provincial Police are cautioning citizens of a polar bear sighting in Madeleine-Centre, Que., on the northern coast of the Gaspé peninsula. 

A resident warned Quebec wildlife officials Saturday morning after spotting the animal close to the site of the former airport, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

Wildlife officials have not yet affirmed if it is a polar bear. They are looking for ways to decide the presence of the animal.

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Quebec Provincial Police are cautioning citizens of a polar bear sighting in Madeleine-Centre, Que.

SQ officers are going door to door to inform citizens in the place to stay inside. Police request that anyone who sees the animal not approach it and call 911. 

Before this month, polar bears were spotted almost 200 km to the north, across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the area of Baie-Johan-Beetz. A polar bear was also lately spotted close to the Innu community of Unamen Shipu on the Lower North Shore, which is already south of the animal’s usual habitat.

More details to come.

Source – cbc.ca

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