"TORONTO (AP) -- A DNA test has confirmed what zoologists, hunters and aboriginal trackers in the far northern reaches of Canada have dreamed of for years: the first documented case of a grizzly-polar bear in the wild..............."
No Sue they are both considered "threatened" though, not actually on the endangered species list. We had two Inuit boys stay with us last summer for 2 months. It was interesting talking to them about what life in Nunavut is like. I asked them if they ever saw a Polar Bear...they look at you like you are asking someone if they have ever seen a duck :)
What amazes me even more than the bear, is that someone paid $45,450 for a hunting trip! That's more money then I've spent on every single vacation I've taken in my entire life all put together! More money than my car cost! More money than I make in a year! Well, you get the point....
Hey Sue...They had tonnes of questions for us! We have hosted international highschool students for the past 3 yrs. We've had 3 from Germany, 2 from Brazil, 1 from Mexico, 1 from Korea, and 1 from Japan besides these two Inuit boys. I would have to honestly say the most fullfilling experience we have had was with the two Inuit boys. Every place we took them was an amazing experience for them. Simple things like seeing a horse for the first time. They were mouth opened amazed at one! Camping was a blast...they don't have trees up there, so they just stood in the middle of the field and kept doing circles :) Never been on a city bus, they were giggling in the CN tower because they had never been that high up before. They were so much fun to have around! This program they came through is an amazing program. Did you know that only 38% of Inuit kids finish highschool? The kids that come through this program have a 93% completion of highschool rate! Many go on to college or university outside of Nunavut because they are not so afraid to leave their communities after they've seen what else is out there. One of our boys from last year was picked to go to the international phase this summer....Botswana! We are sooo proud of him! So hey...if you are interested in hosting in this program or know of anyone that is...just let me know :) http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/Keesha63/Innuitboys.jpg
The bear they shot had a humped back and black spots around it's eyes, kind of like it had black goggles. It's kind of weird looking. So they did DNA testing on it to make sure it wasn't a strangly colored grizzly bear, as polar bears dont have humped backs.
Grizzly bears are endangered and it's very much illegal to kill one. So if that had been found to be a pure grizzly bear, the guy would have had ot pay a hefty fine, if not had jail time. Polar bears are 'potentially threatened'. Not on the threatened list, but they keep a careful eye on populations given the fact that they're such large predators.
It is disappointing that this hybrid bear was shot; what a shame. I hope the bastard that killed him gets what he deserves and that none of it is good!!! This monster who regards this bear as a "trophy" is intent on hunting a grizzly. I don't quite get that as the article stipulates that hunting grizzlies is not permitted.
yes ruby, but they thought it was a polar bear, not a grizley, and sice it is a hybred and from a distance it would have looked like a polar bear he will not be charged. And since it was a hybred it would be covered by the law anyway. The hunter may loose his trophy to science, as hybredization in the wild is fairly rare, quite common in dolphins but not land mammals.
In Canada Minniyar it's legal to hunt grizzly in some area's like British Columbia they actually have an annual spring bear hunt. The guy that shot the hybrid had a license to only shoot a polar bear and he would have been fined for shooting a grizzly without a license to shoot grizzly. Sue...the Innuit boys were just shocked at the number of trees at our camp. They live in the tundra where no trees grow. So being surrounded by trees was an experience for them. One of them commented that he wasn't sure if he liked all the trees "because you can't see the land" :) They had a list of things they had to do in "southern canada" one of which was cutting grass. Naturally they don't have lawns up there so it was pretty funny seeing them have so much fun cutting grass. Unfortunatley as well as not having lawns there....they also don't have gardens. We showed them how to use the lawn mower and left them to it. They came in and asked us to look at how well they did. As soon as I stepped outside the first thing I noticed was not only had they cut the grass...but they also ran the lawn mower through all my flower beds lol. Ahh well...I'm sure they will grow again this year :)
Rotten mongrel of a hunter, don't them shotguns ever backfire? I know this can bring on a stampade but keep your comments to yourselves as I despise hunters who think its all fun to go and shoot an innocent animal and what's worse are those hunters that use a group of dogs to tear an animal to shreds, how would you be if the shoe were on the other foot??