Wild Week in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Jul 07, 2016 10:27 AM
Ready for my close up!

While the tourists are bustling about with their cameras snapping photos of icebergs, whales and puffins, paying for tours to bring them to the action, several locals have seen the action coming to them in recent days. 

Yes, the first week of July has been a busy and peculiar one for wildlife encounters.  Brad Perry of Nipper's Harbour kicked it off on July 2, when he posted this about a roadside meeting with a curious bear cub. When he rolled down his window to take a photo, the bear jumped at the chance for a closeup!

On that same day, on the other side of the island, JIm Mansfield of Torbay posted what he caught on the first weekend of the recreational cod fishery. Rather than a nice-sized fish for supper, he hooked a porbeagle shark!

And on the evening of July 5, twitter lit up with widespread citizen journalist (and real journalist) coverage of a young moose swimming in St. John's harbour and trotting up and down the harbourfront near the Terry Fox statue. After several hours, officials were able to tranquilize the animal and release him to a more natural environment. Meantime, his adventure inspired plenty of Internet commentary and lots of references to George Street. 



BREAKING NEWS: MOOSE NOW AT TURKEY JOE'S. HE'S JUST ORDERED A WHITE RUSSIAN AND PUT A LOONIE IN THE MACHINES. #nltraffic #mooseontheloose

Dave Sullivan (@DaveJSullivan) July 5, 2016