The Nunavik Police Department was dispatched to the scene.
The polar bear was finally shot by a resident, approximately 20 minutes after the first report was made to the police.
People could see the bear from inside their homes. We didn't take any risks because of the danger he posed to nearby residents, explains Shaun Longstreet, deputy chief of the Nunavik Police Department.
The event caused a real shock wave in the community, which is not used to the presence of polar bears.
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The village of Kuujjuaq has the particularity of being far from the coast, which is the bear's usual habitat at this time of year. According to many residents, such an event has not occurred in decades in Kuujjuaq.
It is possible that other bears are currently circulating in the area. The SPN asks residents to be on the lookout and report any presence of a polar bear near the village to the authorities.