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Polar Bear Blog – We Learned Something About Bears!

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Another new polar bear/sea ice study is out and this one is actually pretty good. Like, I actually learned something from reading it. I mean this study is actually about bears!!! Here is a link to the paper – it comes from the University of Alberta, authored by Seth Cherry with Derocher, Thiemann and Lunn. It takes an in-depth look at just when females bears (the only ones they can follow with radio collars) come … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – What’s Up in Bear Country

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Mothers and cubs season seems to be coming to a close. The last tour group is in there right now, just waiting for word to see how the season ends up. Weather seems to have held, temperatures are actually heading up to the -10/-15C range, about five degrees above normal. Word from the west arctic actually seems pretty good too. Hunters in Tuktoyaktuk mentioned that they are seeing more tracks of mothers and cubs than … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Give the Bears a Break (Please)

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Last week, I wrote an Opinion Piece called ‘Give the Bears a Break’ for the Winnipeg Free Press Dr. Ian Stirling subsequently responded and dismissed by concerns. Essentially citing the fact that I have no scientific background and am therefore not qualified to express my opinion. He also cites a recent study by the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (led by Amstrup, Stirling and Derocher)… not that I have been able to locate this paper … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – State of the Western Hudson Bay Polar Bears

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Well, its International Polar Bear Day whatever that means… there’s some NGOs promoting eco-solutions and that’s good, personally I prefer the ‘Stink For The Bears’ campaign that asks everyone not to shower (I’m way ahead of the curve on that one!) Its also ‘Pink T-Shirt’ day as in Anti-Bullying Day which is a worthy cause as well. Anyway, for International Polar Bear Day… I thought I would do a little ‘State of the Polar Bears … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Samuel Hearne’s Polar Bears

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Samuel Hearne is my favourite explorer and, really, one of Canada’s first naturalists. He is best known for walking from Churchill to the Arctic Ocean (Kugluktuk) and back and for surrendering Prince of Wales Fort to the French (it happens…). Anyway, although he had no formal education, Hearne had a real passion for animals and birds along Hudson Bay. During his posting at Churchill, he kept pet beavers, ran foot races with moose, made some … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Let’s Feed The Bears (Some More)

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So, I have seen this idea come up here and there… most recently, it started with Robert Buchanan from Polar Bears International and now with one of his researchers, Andrew Derocher. The idea is to feed polar bears (specifically Churchill’s bears) while they are on land to help offset the decline in sea ice. Offhand it seems insane; after you have lived in the north for a while, insane seems intriguing. Incidentally, this idea first … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Carcasses, Trophies and Collars

Well, the countdown is on… heading back up to Churchill to dust off my cabin and shotgun and blog for another bear season. Things sound pretty normal up there right now, a few bears around, the usual questions about the future of the port, some sunny days and some not so. There is usually a parade of polar bear articles coming out around this time too… most of the doom-and-gloom variety while others are about … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – I’m Okay, You’re Okay

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A story that is rarely reported in mainstream media involves the growing division between the northern and southern perspectives on polar bear populations. Recently, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) the organization that represents Inuit in the eastern Arctic, sponsored a mass mailing of bumper stickers to all residents of Nunavut. The stickers show a mother and cub with the words ‘Naammaktugut! We’re OK!’ They plan to hand these stickers out at the CITES meeting in Thailand … Continue reading

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