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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 – Kaktovik Bears

Polar Bear Family Kaktovik

My buddy Sab is in Kaktovik right now, he’s pretty new to the polar bear addiction so its kind of interesting to hear his perspective.. here is his latest blog from www.blue-kennels.com ‘After the glacier season came to an end, I had hardly time to unpack my bags. The next adventure was calling, a Polar Bear Viewing Trip to Kaktovik Alaska. It all started with visiting Karine and Kelsey in Churchill last fall, and now … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – About a Pingo

Still out there… somewhere. Here’s a story about how everything began in the meantime… From ‘Across Time and Tundra’, a history of the Inuvialuit People… Long ago, the Inuvialuit lands were not as they are today. Instead of countless rivers and lakes, the land was barren and mountainous, and game was very scarce. But the pingo or ice hill called Ibyuk, which today stands overlooking the town of Tuktoyaktuk, was already in existence, and on … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Coppermine… Finally! Sort Of!

If this is posted, I’m still out on the land… will be back May 1st. Anyway, here’s a quick note from Kugluktuk… Coppermine! After all these years, I finally make it to Kugluktuk, practically arctic spitting distance from Bloody Falls… and I’m not even spending a day here. Crazy. Kugluktuk means ‘place of rapids’. The airport has signs of the Copper Inuit oral history and while there are many mentions of Hearne and Bloody Falls, … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Fluffy Snow and Off We Go

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Well looks like we’re heading out to Prince Albert sound, its pretty white out there today, soft snow falling to me it looks like the makings of a real blizzard but there’s a glow of the sun behind the clouds so who knows – that’s what guides are for… Wynniatt Bay to the north still sounds like their in blizzard mode. The helicopter researchers seem to be grounded a fair bit and even the local … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Onward to Ulukhaktok

Komatiks in Ulukhaktok

On my way to Ulukhaktok for a couple weeks to look for polar bears and wolves and stuff, pretty excited about it. Ulukhaktok, roughly translating as ‘way harder to pronounce than Holman’, is one of my favourite arctic places. Ulukhaktok, formerly called Holman, is a small community (maybe 300 people?) on the southwest corner of Victoria Island. The name actually translates to ‘place where material for Ulus is found’ but I think that’s actually the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Fred Bruemmer’s The Arctic

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Fairly often, I find myself picking up one of Fred Bruemmer’s books and scanning through them again, even though I have read all of them over and over and over. Bruemmer was one of the first modern arctic explorers, environmentalists and writers, travelling the arctic in the 1960s and 1970s as well as one of the first polar bear photographers at Cape Churchill. An amazing life and an amazing writer. His work also puts some … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Spring Seals, Wolves and Rangers

Polar Bear Relaxing

Its hunting time in the arctic. Leads, temporary cracks in the ice, have opened up and there are some nice floe edges around – where the ice meets the open ocean. Bears, seals and everything gather around these areas, its a ‘busy’ place. And, of course, out here you find seals giving birth in snow dens and polar bears looking for seals giving birth in snow dens. It is a bit of a mixed bag … Continue reading

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