A polar bear was spotted south of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s Quebec region on Saturday. Conservationists and the police have warned the people of the village of Madeleine-Centre about the very unusual visitor. Authorities advise people to stay indoors.Door NU.nl/ANP
The white predator, which is increasingly hunting south for food due to global warming, was caught in the yard of a home in the morning after a dog was beaten.
“No one has ever seen this here,” an eyewitness in the village of 2,000 told the French news agency. AFP† “People thought it was a joke.” Even the Canadians north of the Broad River say they can’t remember ever seeing a live specimen roaming around.
A biologist from the Université du Québec à Rimouski told the Canadian news channel CBC that polar bears migrate north in the spring. The polar bear seen in Madeleine-Centre may have got lost. Polar bears can swim for distances of 100 to 200 kilometers.