Polar Bears and Foxes

Kuujjuarapik had its first polar bear sighting(s) since we’ve returned from summer break.

I am trying to get a clear picture of this occurrence. Here are the stories:

  1. There was a polar bear near the Inuksuk just out of town, and it was also wandering about in the backyards of Inuit homes.
  2. There were two bears. One was shot, and one is still at large.
  3. According to Andy’s students, the Inuit would take took care of it, since they know about hunting polar bears.
  4. The police shot one bear.
  5. The Cree police confirmed that a bear was shot, but it was not them.
  6. According to the police on the Inuit side, there was no actual bear, just prints in the sand. A photo had been taken of the print

The most consistent story is that where two bears and one was shot.

According to the Inuit teachers, on the day of the sightings, all the community’s dogs faced west and started barking and howling. They said they are glad to have dogs for this.

Also there are many foxes about town (Andy actually saw a brownish-red one on the road) and some of them are rumoured to be rabid.

I saw a fox as well, but a dead one, dragged down the middle of the street by a local hunter.

So much for my long walks with my dog.

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