Black Bears of Makkovik
Posted 17 July 2014, 4:01 pm NDT
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Atlak(Inuit way of saying "black bear") (larger version)
Every year there are black bears around the community of Makkovik in Nunatsiavut. The bears are attracted to the local garbage dump and garbage around town, likely as a source of food. They are known to eat pitsik (dried fish) hanging outside peoples' home too. The bears wander into town any time of day. They can weigh up to 300 pounds, depending on their age and sex – or more if they've been eating garbage and human food. So if you plan a trip to Makkovik during the summer, keep an eye out, because you never know when a bear could jump out from the bushes! Contact the local Conservation Officer, Errol Andersen, at 709-923-2488 to ask about any bears in the area, or to report a bear sighting. You can visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division's website for more information about black bears and bear safety: http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/all_species/bear.html

The Torngat Wildlife, Plants & Fisheries Secretariat has partnered with Mr. Derrick Pottle, of BearSafe Planning Inc., to offer free public workshops about bear safety and plans to have a workshop in Makkovik in the near future.

- Amos Fox & Jennifer Mitchell-Foley
 
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