Presumed polar bear seen in Gaspésie, the SQ warns residents

The Quebec Provincial Police are warning residents of a polar bear sighting in the Madeleine-Centre region of Quebec, on the north coast of the Gaspé Peninsula.

A citizen alerted Quebec wildlife officials on Saturday morning after spotting the animal near the site of the old airport, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

Wildlife officials have yet to confirm if it is a polar bear. They are looking for leads to determine the presence of the animal.

SQ officers are going door to door advising area residents to stay indoors. Police are asking anyone who sees the animal to stay away from it and to call 911.

Earlier this month, polar bears were spotted more than 200 km to the north, across the St. Lawrence River, in the region of Baie-Johan-Beetz. A polar bear was also recently seen near the Innu community of Unamen Shipu on the Lower North Shore, which is already south of the animal’s normal habitat.

More details to come.