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Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Safety in Polar Bear Country

Nanuq, the great white bear, is found in many of Canada's northern national parks and in some national historic sites. Whenever bears and people occupy the same area, conflict can arise. Polar bears and people have co-existed for thousands of years but contact between the two must be minimized to continue this legacy. Successful polar bear conservation requires your cooperation.

For your safety, and the safety of the bears, learn about safe travel in polar bear country and take precautions. By choosing to travel in polar bear country you not only accept the associated risks, but also the responsibility to alter your plans, actions and attitudes to accommodate these magnificent animals.

Note: This information was developed for National Parks in the Arctic. Polar bears in the Hudson's Bay area have different adaptations and behaviors.

If you plan to visit Wapusk National Park of Canada, ask for further information at: (204) 675-8863, or e-mail to . Credit for the following information to: Bromley, Marianne. 1996. Safety in Polar Bear Country. Northwest Territories Renewable Resources, Yellowknife, NT. 24 pp.