Reports of problem bear breaking into River Lake cabins, says N.W.T. environment department

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A black bear eating berries near Jasper, Alta. The territorial Environment department says there have been reports of a problem black bear near River Lake, N.W.T. (Therese Kehler/CBC News - image credit)
A black bear eating berries near Jasper, Alta. The territorial Environment department says there have been reports of a problem black bear near River Lake, N.W.T. (Therese Kehler/CBC News - image credit)

An alert has been issued for a problem bear near River Lake, N.W.T.

A black bear has reportedly broken into cabins on River Lake, which is between Prosperous and Prelude Lakes, in the past few days, says the territorial Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The department warns cabin owners to use extreme caution in the area. Officers have been patrolling the area but have not spotted the bear yet.

Anyone who sees a bear is asked to call 867-873-7181 as soon as it's safe to get help from officers.

In the event of a bear encounter, people are advised to:

  • Practice the "three S's": stop, stand still, stay calm.

  • Yell loudly and tell the bear to "go away."

  • Not make any sudden movements — and always leave the bear a clear lane of escape.

  • Use bear spray, bear bangers, or other bear deterrents if you have them.

If you have a firearm and safety training, and bear contact seems likely — shoot to kill, the department says. Make sure to report it to the environment department as soon it's safe to do so.

It's also recommended to review this government handout on how to stay safe in bear country.

"Study it, use it to plan, and keep it for reference whenever you're out on-the-land," the department said in its alert.

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