May 28, 2023

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A polar bear loose in the hot-gaspace

A polar bear loose in the hot-gaspace

(Madeleine-Center) It is not known how the polar bear got into the hot-gaspace for wildlife protection, but asked people to stay inside until the animal was found.

Posted at 2:05 p.m.
Updated to 8:12 pm.

Sûreté du Québec warned residents of the Madeleine-center sector in Sûreté du Québec, Saint-Madeleine-de-la-Riviere-Madeleine on Saturday morning to stay indoors after learning of the appearance of a polar bear in the area.

Sylvain Morois, Southeastern District Commander for Wildlife Protection, confirmed to the Canadian press that his team “knows where he is”, but that the operation is so sensitive due to the animal’s unpredictability that “its natural habitat is absent.” We were also wary of the bear’s aggression. And above all the Predator.

At the site, a wildlife officer was able to spot traces of the animal in an area a citizen had seen in the morning. However, we wait to see the animal before making a decision on the nature of the intervention. Commander Morois did not rule out the possibility of shooting the bear.

“We are waiting for the visual on the animal, without visual provocation, he explained. We are approaching slowly. When we see it, we want to make sure that we can intervene.

Sylvain Marois put forward the hypothesis that the animal could take advantage of the ice drifting to cross the St. Lawrence River. He knew, his department was the first to notice a polar bear on the south bank of the river.

Earlier this month, a polar bear was spotted in Mingani on the lower north coast, more than 200 km northeast of Madeleine-Center.

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