Wildlife awareness on the land

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News Release

YELLOWKNIFE (July 24, 2018) - The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is reminding residents and visitors to always use common sense, to be prepared and to take precautions against possible encounters when entering wildlife territory.

Recently, a grizzly bear was seen following canoeists along the shoreline of the Hanbury River, a known habitat of bears.

Grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes and other wildlife are common in the territory.  To reduce the chance of a surprise encounter be prepared with bear spray, bear bangers and other noisemakers.  When travelling to remote locations within the NWT wilderness, ENR recommends you take additional precaution by carrying a firearm if you are licensed to do so. It is also important to take the time to learn how to react if you do encounter wildlife while hiking, camping or boating. Proper precautions and planning may save a life.

Any necessary rescue operations conducted by ENR are the financial responsibility of the individual(s) involved.

Please report wildlife encounters and emergencies to your local or regional ENR office.

For tips on how to stay safe in NWT wild country, visit: www.enr.gov.nt.ca.


For more information, contact:

ENR Public Affairs and Communications