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"Sluggy"
May 12th, 2006, 02:07 PM
pretty cool - eh?

DNA Test Confirms First Grizzly-Polar Bear


TORONTO (1010 WINS) -- 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.

Roger Kuptana, an Inuit tracker from the Northwest Territories, suspected the American hunter he was guiding had shot a hybrid bear after noticing its white fur was spotted brown and it had the long claws and slightly humped back of a grizzly.

Territorial officials seized the bear's body and a DNA test from Wildlife Genetics International, a lab in British Columbia, confirmed the hybrid was born of a polar bear mother and grizzly father.

"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 biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Edmonton, Alberta. ``It's the first time it's known to have happened in the wild.''

He said the first person to realize something was different about the bear shot and killed last month on the southern end of Banks Island in the Beaufort Sea, was Kuptana, the guide.

"These guides know their animals and they recognized that there were a number of things that didn't look quite right for a polar bear,'' Stirling told The Associated Press. The bear's eyes were ringed with black, its face was slightly indented, it had a mild hump to its back and long claws.

Stirling said polar bears and grizzlies have been successfully paired in zoos and that their offspring are fertile, but there had been no documented case in the wild.

Kuptana, a guide from Sachs Harbour in the Northwest Territories, was tracking with Idaho big-game hunter Jim Martell, who paid $45,450 for a license to hunt polar bears.

The DNA results were good news for the 65-year-old hunter, who was facing a possible $909 fine and up to a year in jail for shooting a grizzly. The Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Department now intends to return the bear to Martell.

"It will be quite a trophy,'' Martell told the National Post last week, even before the DNA results were in. He returned to Yellowknife for another hunt, this time for a grizzly bear. He told the newspaper he has dubbed the creature ``polargrizz.''

Stirling said his colleagues have come up with a few names of their own for the hybrid: a ``pizzly'' or a ``grolar bear.'' One colleague suggested calling it ``nanulak,'' combining the Inuit names for polar bear, ``nanuk'', and grizzly bear, which is ``aklak.''

"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, the biologist would only say that Canada's polar bear hunt _ which runs from December through the end of May is done on a sustainable basis.

"It was a light chocolate color along with a couple of polar bears,'' Adjun said. Though people have talked about the possibility of a mix, ``it hasn't happened in our area,'' he said.

Three years ago, a research team spotted a grizzly on uninhabited Melville Island, 215 miles north of where Martell bagged his crossbreed.

Polar bear and grizzly territories also overlap in the Western Arctic around the Beaufort Sea, where the occasional grizzly is known to head onto the sea ice looking for food after emerging from hibernation. Some grizzly bears make it over the ice all the way to Banks Island and Victoria Island, where they have been spotted and shot.

That might explain how a grizzly got to the region, but few can explain how it managed to get along with a polar bear long enough to mate.

drake3781
May 12th, 2006, 02:14 PM
I've seen that in the news - with picture of dead bear lying on the ice with victorious hunter posing above - and all I can think of is "how could any person shoot and kill that beautiful animal?". I've even stared at the picture several times contemplating it.

"Sluggy"
May 12th, 2006, 02:22 PM
I've seen that in the news - with picture of dead bear lying on the ice with victorious hunter posing above - and all I can think of is "how could any person shoot and kill that beautiful animal?". I've even stared at the picture several times contemplating it.

Drake3781 - i should have known the anti-fur crew would object to this.
do you want to know how a person can kill a beautiful animal? like this: BANG, you're dead. thats how. I kill fish sometimes, they are also beautiful. I eat all kinds of meat, somebody has to kill them too. It tastes good, it makes warm comfortable clothes for the humans. Hunting must be fun too, i could see knocking off a dear for food. why not? never have though, im mostly adverse to hunting.

anyway, he paid 50K to hunt the bear. It helped the economy, and it is much better than poaching - poaching of fish and game is a problem across the globe. Of course, hunting has its negatives, but if its done legally i certainly have no objection. Heck there are almost as many deer in America as humans :lol: with the wolves and coyotes and big cats gone, theres nobody to keep their populations in check. same with the bears. there was a bear shot the other day 20 miles form NYC, in Newark.

bionic71
May 12th, 2006, 02:30 PM
I've seen that in the news - with picture of dead bear lying on the ice with victorious hunter posing above - and all I can think of is "how could any person shoot and kill that beautiful animal?". I've even stared at the picture several times contemplating it.

Exactly what I thought...Look at this spectacular natural occurance...a grizzly and polar bear hybrid...now lets shoot it!

As far as I am aware such a hybrid is not so unusual...as a polar bear is actually a sub species of the brown bear with white fur....I know that polars and brown bears can breed successfully.

The grizzly and the brown bear are very closely related, so it is not surprising that they are able to produce fertile offspring.

As this is the first documented case of a wild grizzly/polar hybrid it is such a shame that it made headlines as a dead specimen...killed by hunters.

The photo was horrid....3 or 4 men atop a splayed corpse, looking pleased with themselves. I don't get it...a 2 year old child could shoot bear with a gun, it is no display of strength or manhood.

The human creature is oh so special.

"Sluggy"
May 12th, 2006, 02:35 PM
I agree that it is sad. but it doesnt really upset me personally. there are MUCH MUCH worse things that go on in the world, that dont receive as much of an outcry of emotions from people.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/FrogBurger/story.jpg

The picture seems in good taste. They dont seem to be smiling nor are they doing anything bad to the bear. they just took the photo after they shot it. Like Amélie when she lifted the trophy at Oz. :lol: :bounce: For Crissakes, not that many people go to that region anyway, without hunting you'd have a lot of hungry native Americans. :fiery:

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 02:53 PM
First documented Grolar and they shoot it.....................................

CrossCourt~Rally
May 12th, 2006, 03:29 PM
:hehehe:

bionic71
May 13th, 2006, 06:55 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/FrogBurger/story.jpg

The picture seems in good taste. They dont seem to be smiling nor are they doing anything bad to the bear. they just took the photo after they shot it.

"good taste"....I beg to differ.
"nor are they doing anything bad to the bear"...no...they just shot it dead and justify it by paying 50K for the fun.

Since bears are not particularly good eating I would suspect that its head was cut off as a trophy and the skin sold. How nice.

Sitting atop a dead animal is not good taste...I hope they are proud of themselves.