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This is a collection of northern stories - polar bear, arctic and otherwise from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada - the polar
bear capital of the world.

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Polar Bear News 
Polar Bear Attack Page

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Polar Bear Alley

This is a collection of northern stories - polar bear, arctic and otherwise from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada - the polar
bear capital of the world.

EMAIL POLAR BEAR ALLEY

Churchill Travel Guide
Hotels in Churchill, Manitoba
Travel to Churchill, Manitoba
Churchill, Manitoba Links

Polar Bear Alley Expeditions
Polar Bears of Churchill Book
Polar Bears of Churchill Facts
Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Beluga Whale Photo Gallery
Polar Bear News 
Polar Bear Attack Page

Weather in Churchill, Manitoba
Tide Table for Churchill 
Churchill Aurora Forecast 


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Polar Bear Attack Pictures on the Internet

The latest urban legend/email forward is the polar bear attack images of the scarred man and the dead polar bear. I have seen about six different explanations of these, most commonly that it was one camper in the Yukon, but this is the real one.

The polar bear attack took place about 45 minutes outside of Kimmirut, Nunavut (a small community on Baffin Island). It occured on September 3, 2003 when Kootoo Shaw, an Inuit Guide, was leading a group of American caribou hunters.

It is a fairly classic polar bear encounter, occurring early in the morning (4am) with the bear sneaking in just before dawn. Once it had breached the guide's tent, it clawed at his neck and jumped on his chest, three or four times with his front paws. He had several claw wounds, some broken ribs and required 300 stitches to re-attach his scalp.

There are two basic reasons for the severity of this attack: the Inuit guide thought that new gun laws required him to have his firearm unloaded when it was idle and the fact that there were no dogs at the camp to warn the hunters.

Also, from the pictures, it looks like this was a younger polar bear, likely between three and five years of age - big enough to be dangerous but small enough to have a tough time competing for food with larger bears.

There is also another picture associated with these showing someone's foot with a large hole in it. However, this has also been circulated with a story about an accidental shotgun discharge. It does not really fit with the rest of the pictures, not to mention that this foot has pretty fair skin!

Refer to the original source for this story:

Kimmirut Polar Bear Attack (Nunatsiaq News, 2003)

 

Binky the Polar Bear

Binky was a polar bear in the Anchorage Zoo in Alaska. He briefly made the national news in 1994 after an Autralian tourist climbed over the protective fence and wandered to close to his cage for a better picture of the seemingly disinterested Binky. He lunged forward and grabbed her leg. In a stroke of luck, he ripped off her tennis shoe not her leg. He kept the shoe for three days.

Six weeks later, two intoxicated teens jumped into his cage for a swim in his pool. While they were stripping down next to his cage, Binky grabbed one of the teens severely mauled his leg and prostate.

Binky briefly attained international renown and cult status in Alaska after these two attacks.

 

 

Polar Bear Alley is a real place but not this place. It is a strip of white sand beach along the coast of Hudson Bay near the former site of the Churchill garbage dump. A beautiful place for a picnic if you know how to handle a shotgun.

This version of Polar Bear Alley is created by Kelsey Eliasson in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada - specifically at Camp Nanuq -a 'cottage suburb' twenty kilometres (15 miles) east of Churchill. I run a tour company called Polar Bear Alley Expeditions and write a few books, including the Polar Bears of Churchill guidebook, when not chasing polar bears off my porch.


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Polar Bears of Churchill is a comprehensive guide to the Polar Bears of western Hudson Bay and their relationship with Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. It combines seven years of guiding experience in Churchill with the latest scientific research and some colourful local history. Independently published in Churchill, Manitoba.

Second Edition, ©2006, Written by Kelsey Eliasson
Photography and Map Design by Kelsey Eliasson
Additional photography by Northern Soul Adventures
and Polar Bears International
Retail price $14.95, 64 pages, full colour throughout.

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