Apex Predators hate competition: Polar bear attack leaves hunter dead

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  1. Fred Gunner

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    Apex Predators hate competition. Polar bear attack leaves hunter dead two others injured in Canada:

    The hunters set out on Aug. 21 to hunt for narwhal and caribou before they were expected to return home on Thursday. Police were alerted on Sunday after the group did not come home. A search team and efforts by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center launched a search for the trio.\

    A man was killed and two others were injured after a polar bear attacked the trio of hunters, officials said Tuesday.
    "One of the hunters was deceased and the two others had minor injuries," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement. "The initial investigation has revealed that the hunters were victims of a polar bear attack."

    Solomon Malliki, the mayor of Naujaat, Nunavut, located in northern Canada, said the polar bear was shot and killed after attacking the hunters, according to Global News. The group was found in a common hunting spot on Lyon inlet.
    Boats and aircraft were helping with the search but could not reach the men due to ice blocking their way. The group were found on White Island and rescued by an icebreaking helicopter on Tuesday. The two survivors were not badly injured.

    The incident is Nunavut’s second fatal polar bear attack this summer. In July, Aaron Gibbons, 31, was killed while trying to protect his family from a polar during a family outing. The bear was shot and killed.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/0...hunter-dead-two-others-injured-in-canada.html
     
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    Does this line give you pause?
     
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    The Canucks fly around in icebreaking helicopters and their worried about Trump???
     
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    It is so cold up here the air freezes so thick that sometimes you have to use icebreaking Helicopters.
    You should see the equipment that have to put on Jumbo jets to fly through the air ice. It's crazy!
     

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    That’s pretty sad, poor bloke and his family.

    I wonder how it all transpired.
     

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    Polar Bears are the top of the heap and do not fear people.
    You do not ever stop watching 360 degrees on every axis. Certainly not if you are processing game you have shot.

    It is a sad situation for sure.

    "The mother and cub were destroyed at the scene, Malliki said, as were three other bears who were attracted to the area in the following days."

    So, that makes 5 bears killed in this incident.
     

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    @BRICKBURN, @Velo Dog

    our very own velo dog did some time recently being a bear guard against polar bears. maybe he will expand on that duty for the group
     

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    Sad story on both sides of the equation.
     
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    Inuit on a family hunting excursion is quite different to your typical "bear guard" situation. After you have shot something in bear country it is similar to ringing a dinner bell. Grizzlies in some areas can be a challenge too.

    Being a bear guard has you looking like this: :E Shocked:
    Hopefully never this:P Elmer Fudd:
     

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    Sad for the families and that 5 bears were destroyed.
     
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    @BRICKBURN, @Velo Dog

    our very own velo dog did some time recently being a bear guard against polar bears. maybe he will expand on that duty for the group
     
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  12. sestoppelman

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    It certainly did.o_O:rolleyes:
     

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    i know ill get shit on this but i could care less,i wont waste my time replying,have at it.they have a right to defend them selves as we do.some times we win and some times we loose.im a hunter and i love animals,better than a lot of dog shit phony humans.
     
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    I don't think any hunters fault the bear. That is why they are considered "dangerous game" to hunt. I am just tired of all the anti-hunters that want to throw parties when a hunter gets killed and their only sadness is either for the animal the got put down or the really sick people who are just disappointed that the animal didn't kill the entire hunting party.
     

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    Here's another Apex Predator Success Story:

    Black bear hit by arrow mauls hunter before dying.
    A black bear struck by an arrow recently mauled a Southern California hunter who approached the wounded animal to get a closer look, a report said.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that the unidentified hunter suffered serious injuries during the mauling Aug. 24 in the San Bernardino Mountains. He was hospitalized.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that the hunter suffered injuries to his upper torso and face.

    The hunter was joined by two others at the time and reportedly believed the bear was dead when he approached the 300-pound animal. The bear later died, but the hunter’s condition was not immediately known.

    Bow-and-arrow hunting in Southern California is legal from now until early September or until 1,700 bears are killed. An animal expert told the Times that black bear attacks are extremely rare.

    “It’s something that we learn at the very beginning of hunter education: After you shoot an animal and approach it, you need to be very careful,” Patrick Foy, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife captain, told the paper. “They teach you to be prepared with a follow-up shot in case the animal runs or is suffering needlessly.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018...ow-mauls-hunter-before-dying-reports-say.html
     

  16. Fred Gunner

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    Bullseye Bro.

    They call it "Dangerous Game Hunting" for a reason. Kill or be killed and don't make a mistake
     
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    What sucks is there usually is no place to run or get away when you are in polar bear country. No trees to climb, just open ground. Being out there with your buddy dead, and other bears coming in kind of humbles you quickly.
     
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    Hello Don and other friends here,

    Yes, I was fortunate enough to be recruited into a three week contract, aboard a photo tourism and biology research type ship.
    Turns out that if going ashore in certain remote parts of Russia / Siberia, by their law you must provide a properly trained and appropriately armed “bear guard” for each group going to the beach.
    I applied for and received both a Russian Visa and a rifle / ammunition permit.
    I brought my Whitworth Mauser, .375 H&H, with wide “V” rear sigt blade (AKA “express” sight) and flip up large white front bead (NECG brand).
    My cartridges were Federal factory ammunition with 300 grain Swift A-Frame bullets.
    Then I flew to Nome, Alaska, bought some marine flares to fit my little 12 bore flare pistol and then I boarded the ship there.

    Incidentally, from the films I’ve seen and in speaking face to face with two Federal Game Wardens on Kodiak Island here, I’m convinced that hitting a cheeky bear with a fireball (marine signal flare) is superior to anything pepper spray has to offer for protection.
    This is primarily because you can zing the bear before he gets too close to make ready with your rifle, in the event your warning flare is not received as well as hoped.
    With pepper spray, you do not have the ability to hose him until he’s very close indeed.
    Furthermore, only the very slightest breeze from bear to you will have you enjoying the pepper spray as much or more than the bear did.
    A marine flare will shoot through a slight breeze coming from the bear to you.
    In dry conditions though, a flare could cause an international incident sized tundra fire so, there is that.

    Back to the job itself.
    We spent the majority of our time in the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea, seeing an estimated 3,000 + walrus, over a hundred whales (multiple whale species), 26 polar bear and I don’t remember how many lesser critters.
    There were Siberian brown bear about, as we sometimes saw their very distinct tracks, on the mainland (in mud).
    However, we did not see a single brown bear.

    An experience I appreciated very much was to eat both whale meat, as well as walrus meat and blubber, while visiting a very tiny village of about maybe 12 or 15 coastal Siberian residents.
    I don’t recall if their first language was Inupiaq or Inuit but they of course also spoke Russian.
    They were very friendly, grinning from ear to ear, as they heartily shook our hands.
    Through one of the ship’s language interpreters, they asked us many questions.
    As far as I could tell, the small chunks of meat and blubber were boiled in water and the meat tasted lightly salted but not the blubber.

    The meat resembled very tough to chew venison, with a very slight fishy after-taste.
    It doesn’t sound tasty to write about it but actually, except for how tough it was to chew, I found it quite edible.
    For some unknown reason, the walrus blubber was not salted.
    It had hardly any flavor at all but the texture immediately broke down into a strange grainy sensation as it was chewed.
    It was what I’d imagine eating a spoonful of greasy sesame seeds would feel like but with pretty much no flavor (as previously mentioned).

    IMO, the meat from both whale and walrus had potential for long hours of stewing into something tender, as the flavor was not bad at all.
    (I’ve eaten much worse tasting Nevada mule deer meat, during the rut).
    And, the walrus blubber although strange in texture, needed at least spicy peppers, onions and / or garlic to realize any possible flavor potential.

    Anyway, my job, (along with two other chaps I have known for almost 40 years each), while the ship was underway, was to stand “on the bridge” (AKA - stand inside the pilot house) and advise a regular crew member when I spotted any critters, or sea birds acting like something was about to happen, etc.
    Best quality binoculars paid for themselves here as a white bear on the ice is one of nature’s best camouflage masterpieces IMO.
    Likewise, sometimes after dinner, one of us was to give a talk to the group about pretty much anything we wanted to go-on about.
    As it turned out, my turn never came up.
    If it had, I was prepared to talk about bears, as I was pretty sure my life long interest in rifles and cartridges probably would not have been especially well received by some of the people attending, LOL.

    Moving right along ...... While at anchor, each “bear guard” would be sent with a small group to shore, in a skiff (Zodiac) and stay with them, always watching for wildlife, as they hiked here and here, listening to a Biologist talk about animals and plants of the region.
    Side Note: We tried to get Zodiacs to the beach at Wrangell Island but, there was about two miles of ice surrounding it and we were unsuccessful.
    (Dear Global Warming, please come back. It’s flippin’ cold up this far north of San Francisco).
    It was a shame we didn’t make it, because the Biologists believe wooly mammoths were alive there when the pyramids were being built at Giza.
    And, I fo one would’ve enjoyed walking around where their last known place is now located.

    You might ask, why was a simpleton such as I selected for that job?
    Upon retiring from my Police career, I worked for a few years in the oil fields of northern Alaska.
    Part of my job there was to keep workers from improperly interacting with wildlife of all sorts, from birds, bunnies and foxes, through caribou muskox, and of course bears.
    The petroleum companies had put me through a wildlife guard school.
    That school, combined with several years of repeated actual contact with bears (grizzly and polar) did the trick.
    Also, perhaps plus my having been a firearms instructor for the majority of my 28 years as a cop probably didn’t hurt either (the ship’s administration may have presumed I was unlikely to shoot myself in the foot).

    At any rate, we only saw our bears from a hundred meters or more and it worked out that only 3 were encountered on land this time.
    They fled like politicians from a bright light.
    The bears on ice floes seemed disinterested in us as we motored about, some folks saying “ooooh” and “ahhhh” while themselves and others stayed busy clicking away with their huge lense cameras.

    In closing, I do not know if we will be invited back next year.
    The Captain said she definitely wanted us to go along again.
    But, the decision is with the company that owns the ship and due to various Russian red tape surprises on that cruise, the ship may go elsewhere next year.

    Cheerio for now,
    Paul.
     
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    Sounds like a very interesting trip! And I don't think anyone would consider you a simpleton VD!
     
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    Thank you for sharing this experience with us Velo Dog. I sure enjoyed reading ahout it!
    You may have been otherwise occupied, but did you by chance have time to snap any photos? If you did, I bet I am not the only one that would love to see them ;)
    And I must say, you certainly seem to have lead a dull and boring life, Lol!:E Rofl:
    If so, at least he’s in good company :D
     

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