Thursday, May 11, 2006

What's it called - a prizzly?


Talk about your bears gone wild...

DNA tests confirm a bear shot by an American hunter in the Northwest Territories of Canada is the offspring of a polar bear mom and a grizzly dad. (Photo courtesy of AP)

"It’s something we’ve all known was theoretically possible because their habitats overlap a little bit and their breeding seasons overlap a little bit," said Ian Stirling, a polar bear biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Edmonton. "It’s the first time it’s known to have happened in the wild."

Kuptana, an Inuit guide working for the hunter, was the first to notice something odd, according to The Associated Press. The bear’s eyes were ringed with black, its white fur was spotted brown, its face was slightly indented, and it had a mild hump to its back and long claws.

"It will be quite a trophy," Idaho hunter Jim Martell told the National Post. He told the newspaper he has dubbed his creature "polargrizz."

"He has a remarkable trophy from his perspective and from the perspective of this whole fraternity of people who like to go big-game hunting for trophies," said Stirling. When asked how he felt about the rare beast being killed, he would only say that Canada’s polar bear hunt — which runs from December through the end of May — is done on a sustainable basis.

Colin Adjun, a wildlife officer in Kugluktuk on the northern mainland in western Nunavut, said he’s heard stories before about an oddly colored bear cavorting with polars. "It was a light chocolate color along with a couple of polar bears."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

a very interesting find.

Anonymous said...

So why did you have to kill it, bastards!

Anonymous said...

Would have been nicer to see alive!!!!

Anonymous said...

You Guys are some dumb asses. That thing is historical. ANd you go and kill it.

Anonymous said...

SO...how could you tell its a historical bear when you're over 300 yds away??? You can't. The hunter noticed that it was different only 50 Feet away from the bear after it was shot; besides if it was still alive we would not even know about it the new bear anyway because it would have ran from the hunters.

Anonymous said...

There is no need for name calling: Yes, it would've been nice to see it alive but, time doesn't have a Rewind button. So, get over yourselves! and FORGIVE!!!

Passawee said...

Well, it is certainly sad that they have killed it. Considering that they thought it was a polar bear... in any case, as we all know the hunting should stop.

What sadden me most, however, are the proud faces of the hunters. It is very obvious that they didn't kill or survival... pure pleasure. Barbarians!

Anonymous said...

Polar Bears are soon to be put on the endangered species list due to global warming. In this case, it wasn't soon enough. I hope that will help to end the "hunting/killing" of the bears.

Anonymous said...

puh-lease. global warming is a farce , and these guys had no idea when they killed this bear that it was an historic find. I am so tired of cry-babies.

Anonymous said...

those guys should not kill for trophy. What does it bring them. How about their offspring would be kill so their heads will ornate someones wall? How would they feel. bunch of assholes in my book. hope they freeze to death one day

Anonymous said...

This Jim Martell, Trophy hunter, makes me sick. He should go back to his shit state, Idaho, and stop killing animals, who are on the verge of extinction.

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