Winnipeg Free Press | 10Nov2010 | Orest Slepokura

Polar nuisances

Style queen Martha Stewart's visit to Churchill to observe polar bears (Martha Stewart brings snacks to North, Nov. 8, 2010) coincided with an event the University of Calgary recently hosted in which Inuit elders from Baffin Island shared their knowledge and experience with attendees.

One elder, a lifelong polar bear hunter, was asked about concerns voiced in environmental circles of the polar bear becoming an endangered species. The elder laughed and assured listeners the problem for his people was too many nuisance polar bears suddenly showing up uninvited at their seasonal hunting camps.

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alta.