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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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 – It’s Been a Blast

We are just digging our way out of a good Churchill blizzard. Winds gusted up to about 70km per hour yesterday and it was pretty much whiteout conditions for most of the day. Still we went out looking for bears which meant mostly getting stuck in snowdrifts and breaking through lakes, which are still surprising soft around the edges. I would have thought that my ice driveway would have been in by now. Over the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bears Everywhere

So, yesterday morning, we opened the door to a young male bear running towards us. It was quite the surprise, a crazy morning. This one is a lot more like a ‘bear season’ morning – there was a bear sleeping across the lake, stretching once in a while and kind of laying low, out of the main action of bear season. There was one that came through here around 3am last night, passing by, half-checking … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Churchill Bear Incident

There was a serious bear incident this morning in Churchill and I have kind of noticed that the news reports have changed a bit through the day, so here is the Churchill version as best as we can figure it out. There were two individuals walking home around 5am when a young male polar bear came after them. The bear caught one of them near Bill Ayotte’s house and, in turn, he came out and … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Black Bears, Orphaned Cubs and Heat Waves

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Well, where to begin… After a fairly chilly start to the season, we have had a couple days of plus weather, softening up the ground a bit even if it is not fully melting the snow cover. Even this heat wave, seems like its a weak early – the accompanying south winds have blown the shore ice out into the bay where it will lurk until the next blast comes from the north. It sure … 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 – Polar Bear Capitals of the World

Hudson Bay Railway Bear

Well, this may indeed by the ‘time of the most polar bear’ after all. Polar Bear Alert has been very busy in Churchill this year with over 120 calls and 24 polar bears cycled through the jail already. Eleven bears are being held right now. Admittedly, Polar Bear Alert officers are a fair bit more ‘proactive’ these days but still, that’s a lot of activity. The snow is very good these days for tracking polar … Continue reading

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