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Rangers in N.B. set trap to catch roaming bear near children’s forest park

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Residents on the west side of Saint John are being warned after a bear was spotted over the weekend. The appearance left many Saint Johners in shock and has shuttered a popular children’s park. – May 9, 2022

A trap has now been set in a children’s park on the west side of Saint John to try and catch a wild bear whose Sunday afternoon stroll left residents in shock.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the Saint John Police Force warned the public to avoid the Children’s Forest Park area due to a bear sighting.

It was around that same time Matt Morrison and his family ventured over to the Irving Nature Park to take advantage of the spring weather.

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After being told the children’s park was blocked off, the Quispamsis residents decided they would continue to the beach.

“We noticed something running on our right-hand side in the field, luckily at a safe enough distance away to jump out and take a look and sure enough, it was the bear,” Morrison said.

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The Morrisons managed to get the bear on video as it glided across the field.

“It’s a realization that we all share the same land and just taking precautions, and maybe it’s time to brush up on what do you do if you’re in a park and you see a bear,” Morrison said.

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In a statement to Global News, the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development confirmed it received a call on Sunday regarding a bear spotted near the Irving Nature Park.

“Forest Rangers deployed a bear live-trap at the site yesterday, and did not capture a bear at the site over-night. A live-trap is usually left for several days/nights to attempt a capture and we ask that the public to not approach the trap,” the release states.

Read more: How to prepare before encountering a bear

Tips listed by the department for those who encounter a black bear include backing away slowly, speaking in a loud voice and not playing dead.

If you come face to face with an aggressive black bear, you’re advised to contact the local office of the Department of Natural Resources.

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