Polar bear roaming Manitoba First Nation leaves residents on edge

A polar bear roaming a remote Manitoba community has left residents on high alert.

The bear was first spotted wandering through Shamattawa First Nation on Friday, causing concern for the community.

According to a Facebook post on Tuesday, school administration in the community is continuing to keep the school closed while the bear is still in the area.

Manitoba Conservation said officers from Churchill searched the community by helicopter Tuesday morning, trying to locate the polar bear without any success.

Conservation noted officers will make daily trips to the community until the bear is located and safely relocated away from the community. It said it is working with the local RCMP detachment to get updates on bear sightings.

A culvert trap has also been set up in the community and is being monitored by Manitoba Conservation.

Shamattawa, a fly-in community for most of the year, is around 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

The community is about 350 kilometres south of Churchill, the area where the bears are usually spotted.

This is a developing story. More details to come. 

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