“Hungry polar bear cubs shot after entering towns”

“Hungry polar bear cubs shot after entering towns”

Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press file

December 11, 2014

Taloyoak, Nunavut, a small northern hamlet, has seen an influx of polar bear cubs wandering into their community in the fall. The cubs, although only one or two years old, are “— nothing to fool with. It’s a scary situation when it happens” according to Bob Lyall of the local Hunters and Trappers Organization. The villagers are baffled and saddened that six polar bear cubs had to be shot since September 2014 while they were scavenging. Mr. Lyall added that the bears can hardly be described as cubs, the biggest of them being more than two metres long. He continued: “They’re not cuddly little Coca-Coal bears! They are hungry bears coming through town and looking for food and trying to get into shacks where people’s meat is stored, looking in windows and wandering through town.” School children had to be kept indoors when one bear was spotted in town just as the children were about to be released for recess. Halloween evening saw armed Canadian Rangers patrolling the streets for public safety. The community has an annual hunting quota of 25 bears and the six bears which had to be dispatched will be subtracted from that quota.