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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 – An Open Letter to Manitoba

At the end of this season, I found myself on a full-on out-of-my-mind rant to two people that should and, essentially, are on the same side of the environmental spectrum as I am. While I would never take it back, I did start wondering why I feel such a sense of rage and despair when it comes to the current state of Churchill’s polar bears. So, I have penned an open letter hopefully stating Churchill’s … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season Notes

Bird Cove Bear

A few bears are starting to move. We had three bears at Bird Cove today, including one male who kind of waffled between overly curious and duly cautious; pretty neat to watch his learning curve around the vehicle. The first pass he just walked by with a few sideways glances, the second time he came up and investigated the 4×4 and by the end of the day, he just hunkered in the willows and ignored … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Gettin’ Busy

Dancer-2013

Gettin’ busy might be the wrong words, September sounds like it was already pretty eventful in terms of bears. Sounds like there have already been 17 bears handled and placed in jail this year. One bear was flown out just this week but soon replaced by another ‘break-in bear’ from Goose Creek. A bunch of cabins have been hit this year over in the other cabin subdivision, most recently my buddy Greg’s place. The bear … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Camp Nanuq Morning

couch-lake

It seems like I haven’t blogged from Camp Nanuq forever (actually just last bear season, I guess…). Camp Nanuq is a little cabin area, twenty kilometres east of Churchill. There are three lakes out here (ponds anywhere else) and a mottled mix of colourful cabins and krummholz trees. Skeletons of fireweed and three-toothed saxifrage flutter in the north wind this morning. The willows sway and weave. After a four year truce, have reached eight to … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Countdown Begins

Summer-male-fat

October 20th – one month until the ice forms… prime polar bear season is upon us. There is a nice blanket of snow on the tundra here and daily highs are still right at freezing, really nice temperatures for more bears to start coming in and moving around. Evening lows drop down around -5C and windchill hovers around -10C… great woodcutting weather, maybe even good for some last minute year cleaning and such. Between the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season History Part 2

Polar Bear

Well, there is a bit of a winter storm in Churchill right now with flurries expected for much of the week – then again, no one really listens to the forecast up there anyway. Temperatures are right around 0C (32F) so it going to get a bit sloppy if this keeps up. What Churchill and its bears need are 0C (at most) in the day and around -5C at night, that should freeze up the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season History – Part 1

Polar Bear

As with most of North America, 1969 was a year of change for Churchill. This change would not begin anywhere near the community, however. That year, the SS Manhattan made the first crossing of the Northwest Passsage, investigating its potential as an oil shipping route. Canadian photographer, Dan Guravich, was aboard the Manhattan as the official photographer. It was during this trip that he first saw a wild polar bear and, as happens to many … Continue reading

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