Category Archives: Polar Bears of Churchill

Facts about the polar bears of western Hudson Bay.

Polar Bear Blog – Forget Polar Bears; Grain and Oil Don’t Mix

Port of Churchill

An interesting take on Canada’s rail crisis came out this week… no, I am not talking about the excess of derailments and explosions – enough folks have covered that – this is more about the unforeseen backlog of rail cars and the massive delays in getting grain to market. Basically, the incredible increase in oil shipments by rail in Canada has created a ripple effect that has delayed grain shipments, essentially turning a record year … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bear Diets and Sharing Seals

Polar Bear Female Aggressive

Its a pretty quiet time for the blog and for the bears. Polar bears are not overly keen on polar vortexes either, they mostly sit and wait out blizzards, sit and wait for spring. One researcher, Nikita Osyanikov, observed that polar bears routinely den up, at least in northern Russia. Male polar bears and young bears stay in dens up to 52 days a year, females with yearlings sleep up to 106 days and females … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Polar Bear Attack

Sparring polar bears along Hudson Bay

This post is actually about the polar bear incident out at Cape Churchill… back in 1983 – an attack that accidentally launched the polar bear industry… The Treul Story ”Here, take my camera, I have to get a bear off my arm.” Well, that’s what they say he said anyway and Fred Treul did have a pretty big camera, a clunky Hasselblad. And there was a bear on his arm, latched on to his tricep. … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Stories

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The largest bear captured in this area weighed 1,600 lbs, almost twice the size of a ‘normal’ adult male. Steve ‘The Eagle’ Miller, a long-time helicopter pilot in the Churchill area, used to talk about that one. They grabbed him in 1983, one of the first years that Steve worked up here. Over the years, Miller would handled thousands of bears, at any given time, around 80% of this population has been handled and tagged. … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Mysterious World of Churchill’s Polar Bears

Well, the Polar Bears of Churchill sure are getting hard to figure out. I was writing a recap of this ‘bear season’ when the new articles about Churchill’s bears hit ‘The Guardian’. In a series of essays, Susan Goldenberg outlined the ‘plight’ of Churchill’s bears.  Of course, it should be noted that most of her ‘view from Churchill’ does come from Polar Bears International so take it for what that’s worth. The articles meander through … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Moose Bits and Wolverines

Lots of folks are out moose hunting now, either north of Churchill around North River delta, south near Twin Lakes or up the hydro line. Hunting season, of course, means gut pile season too and that’s pretty good or wildlife watchers (in a way, ha). Today, we watched a couple arctic foxes and a red fox hanging around a carcass just inland from the cabin. All three had totally different levels of tolerance to our … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – After Bear Season

Things settle into a bit of hibernation mode up here once the bears and tourists leave. There is enough sea ice on the bay now to make for crystal clear days and pastel sunrises and, of course, the itchy dry skin that comes with winter. It is minus thirty today, the woodstove and coffee are just roiling to life. The cabin is ‘almost’ clean for the first time in forty days. The ‘lake’ road, our … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Complicated World of Freeze-up

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Well, I left a bit of a gap in bear reporting this last week because, well, a lot of bears left! This has been yet another year of early freezeup or, if you like, a return to the old ‘normal’. However, ‘freezeup’ is a complicated thing so I will try to explain it the best that I can. The coast of Cape Churchill runs from Button Bay to the west of the Churchill River and … Continue reading

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