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Polar Bear Blog – Mid-Winter Bears

There is a blizzard in Churchill today, windchill in the mid-fifties. Then again, its been cold a blizzardy through most of North America for much of this winter, Churchill hasn’t had it much worse than southern Manitoba; at least, everyone dressed for the weather up there. Cold and snowy winters are a bit of a mixed bag for polar bears. Everyone wants the ice to thicken enough that it takes a long time to melt … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Forget Polar Bears; Grain and Oil Don’t Mix

Port of Churchill

An interesting take on Canada’s rail crisis came out this week… no, I am not talking about the excess of derailments and explosions – enough folks have covered that – this is more about the unforeseen backlog of rail cars and the massive delays in getting grain to market. Basically, the incredible increase in oil shipments by rail in Canada has created a ripple effect that has delayed grain shipments, essentially turning a record year … Continue reading

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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 – Bear Stories

Polar Bear

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 – 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 – Black Bears, Orphaned Cubs and Heat Waves

Ol' Dancer

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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