Polar Bear Almost Falls Through Woman's Ceiling After Climbing Onto Roof

A polar bear almost fell through a woman's ceiling in Newfoundland, Canada, after it climbed onto her roof.

The predator had been wandering on the roof in St Anthony without homeowner Bobbi Stevens noticing, CBC reported. However, when she finally opened the door she got a fright.

Stevens's dog alerted her to the bear after it had climbed down from her roof. The dog jumped up on her as if there was somebody at the door. "I opened the top part of the door and looked out, and when I looked up on the bank above my steps this polar bear was looking me in the face," she told CBC.

Stevens told the broadcasting company her roof is "not that strong" and suspected that if there had been "one less nail" the bear might have fallen through.

"I'm just glad I didn't know he was there when he was there," she said.

Polar bears can be found across Newfoundland and Labrador. They are part of the Davis Strait sub-population, which lives in Eastern Canada. The number of bears in this area is not known, however the total Canadian population is estimated to be about 15,000.

Security camera footage captured by Stevens' neighbor shows that the polar bear got onto the roof using a tall snowbank.

In the footage, which was posted to Facebook by the neighbor's son Kenneth Keats, the polar bear can be seen lifting itself up onto the roof. It does not venture beyond the edge of the roof, but wanders around for some time before walking back down to the snowbank.

The neighbor's security footage captured the moment the polar bear wandered around the roof

It then begins sniffing around the outside of the house. The door of the house then opens, capturing the moment Stevens noticed the intruder. The door immediately closes.

The footage continues to show Stevens opening her door and finding the polar bear

Polar bears are a vulnerable species, however the Davis Strait population appears to be thriving. According to a survey assessing the population in 2017 to 2018, bear numbers appear to be slightly healthier than they were between 2005 and 2007. The survey also found that cubs are surviving well.

This may have caused the recent flurry of polar bear sightings in Newfoundland and Labrador. Experts believe this may also be down to changes in arctic weather patterns—poor ice conditions due to climate change may have been forcing polar bears to wander onto land.

In recent years, the Newfoundland Department of Fisheries and Oceans have issued several official polar bear warnings for communities following confirmed sightings close to populated areas.

Another Newfoundland woman, Agnes McCarthy, recently spotted two polar bears walking up her driveway, CBC reported.

McCarthy told the news outlet that while polar bears are common in the area, they appear to be "getting braver" in recent years.

As more bears get forced inland, conflicts between the animals and humans are on the rise—the bears can be aggressive when provoked. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there have been more than 20 direct attacks on humans in recent years.

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A stock photo shows a polar bear. There have been more sightings recorded in Newfoundland in recent years. James B Williams Photography/Getty Images