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Polar Bear Blog – Willie Stroker, Junior and the Bear Season Blahs

Well, my guests and film crew are gone for the season and so, seemingly are the bears. I did hear that there was one at Cape Merry today and one in town last night, could still a week or so of a few bears coming and going from the ice by Eskimo Point. Anyway, the season is over for me and I have a bit of the bear season blahs tonight. After such a short … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Frozen!

This whole season has been about a week ahead of last year so it is not a real surprise that the bay froze about a week earlier than last year. Yesterday, we watched the mass exodus of polar bears out onto the sea ice. Most of the day consisted of yellow bear butts wobbling and weaving out towards the floe edge. Over the past week, there have been daily highs around minus 10-15C and some … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Halloween Blizzard and Polar Bear Traps

After a brief elation that there would finally be a real Churchill blizzard for Halloween, our film crew started realizing that the amount of trick-or-treaters actually trick-or-treating is kind of directly related to the amount of blowing snow really blowing. As in, we had a genuine Churchill blizzard but the streets were pretty barren!!! But, as usual, things tend to start on Churchill time around here. As the sun started setting, the costumed kids showed … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bear Alert Program

What is Polar Bear Alert? Basically, Polar Bear Alert is a patrol of Churchill and the surrounding areas for polar bears. Usually, they do two patrols a day, checking the road system and about 8-10 polar bear traps laid out around the community. A polar bear ‘trap’ is a giant culvert on a truck trailer. This culvert is baited with a rag dipped in seal oil, once the bear crawls in a giant steel door … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Troublemakers and Guns

Well, things are still generally quiet in Churchill and Hudson Bay right now, there is usually a bit of a lull in September with things picking back up by mid-October. Don’t ask me why but that’s the way it seems to go… of course, there are a few exceptions to that rule. Manitoba Conservation has picked up a bear… likely the bear that you saw on the facebook pic a few days ago – that … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – My New Neighbour

My new neighbour checked in this afternoon again. We found him walking across the ice by Spruce Ridge cabins and back towards Boris’ place, his new home. He is a bit of a lean bear so I cannot tell if he is just trying to avoid everyone or waiting to see if there is another cabin to invade. So, I put together some nailboards this week for extra defence since my dogs are still down … Continue reading

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