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Updated: Another trap set after black bear sightings in Corner Brook and Massey Drive

This bear trap that had been set in the Pratt Street area of Corner Brook, following sightings of a black bear in the area last week, has been removed.
A bear trap has been set in the Lewin Parkway area of Corner Brook near Pratt Street and Elizabeth Street following sightings of a black bear in the area on Wednesday. - Submitted photo
CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

A second bear trap has been set in Massey Drive after sightings of a black bear in that community on Wednesday night and this morning.

The department of Fisheries and Land Resources said it had confirmed reports of a black bear in the Link Pond and Tippings Pond area of the town.

On Wednesday, the department set a trap in the Lewin Parkway area of Corner Brook in the vicinity of Pratt Street and Elizabeth Street after sightings in those areas.

As of 10:30 a.m. today, the department said in an email that the bear from that area had not been captured, but there have been no further sightings.

The department doesn’t say if the sightings are of one bear.

The department advises anyone encountering bear to take note of its behaviour. If the bear does not see you quietly back away and leave the area, try to stay downwind of the animal, keep an eye on the bear, and never get between a bear and her cubs.

If the bear has seen or smelled you, remain calm, give the bear space and a route to get away, back away but do not run. If you must speak, do so calmly and firmly, and avoid direct eye contact with the bear.

Black bear sightings in this area can be made by calling the Forestry and Wildlife District Office in Massey Drive at 637-2370 or the standby number at 632-9897.

Earlier story:

Provincial wildlife officers have set a bear trap in the Lewin Parkway area of Corner Brook in the vicinity of Pratt Street and Elizabeth Street.

The trap was set on Wednesday following sightings of a bear in the area.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to the Pratt Street area at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday after numerous sightings of a bear on residential properties.

There were also sightings reported on the Lewin Parkway near Tower Road.

The RNC and wildlife officers conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate the bear.

Later in the night there were social media reports of sightings in Massey Drive.

Residents are being encouraged to secure residential garbage until the appropriate collection time and to remain away from the bear trap.

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