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Police chase polar bears from small Newfoundland community

Newfoundland police and wildlife officers chased two polar bears away from a small community on the Northern Peninsula Wednesday. The bears were wandering among houses in the St. Lunaire-Griquet area.
Newfoundland police and wildlife officers chased two polar bears away from a small community on the Northern Peninsula Wednesday. The bears were wandering among houses in the St. Lunaire-Griquet area. File: RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images

ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET, N.L. – Wildlife officers used a helicopter to chase two polar bears from a small community on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula today.

Const. Dave Gagnon, an RCMP officer at the scene, says the bears were wandering among houses in the St. Lunaire-Griquet area, about 30 kilometres north of St. Anthony.

Gagnon says police officers initially used a loud horn to scare the bears away from the community of 660 people before provincial wildlife officers flew over the animals, causing them to run into a wooded area.

Gagnon says he expects the bears will make their way north and eventually leave the peninsula.

He says bears often come to the area in the early spring as they follow seal populations.

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