Polar bear encounters on the rise in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Annie Rumbolt and her husband Lawrence now sleep with a big game hunting rifle in their bedroom after becoming the latest survivors of polar bear encounters in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pack ice conditions unusually close to shore have prompted several polar bear warnings in coastal communities, and two bears were shot dead in the last week.

RCMP on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula issued another warning Thursday after a bear was spotted in an area of snowmobile trails and cabins between Roddickton and Plum Point.

Rumbolt, 59, woke with a start early Tuesday to see the shadow of a large polar bear just outside her open bedroom window in St. Lewis, Labrador. Read More: Polar bear

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