Most polar bears easily deterred this time of year, lucky Labrador boaters discover

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A polar bear female accompanied by a cub recently attempted to board a small sailboat anchored in a remote harbour off central Labrador – giving the two American boaters below deck a mighty big surprise.

Labrador polar bear encounter Torngat boat_CBC 30 Aug 2016

‘He said ‘it’s a bear, it’s right on the boat, make some noise.'” – Nancy Zydler

The encounter occurred south of the same national park where a much-publicized attack occurred in July 2013 (see previous posts here and here) but had a happier ending. See more below from a CBC report released this morning (based on a radio interview) and some ecological context for the sighting not mentioned by the reporter.

The sailors were below deck reading one evening and heard the swimming bear approach, then start to climb aboard. The noise the couple made, including using their air horn, eventually dissuaded the bear, who eventually swam off with her cub.

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