This is pretty hardcore. They use an archery set on the bear!
You can’t take polar bear trophies into the United States today. This animal was taken at Norwegian Bay, which is in Nunavut in the far north of Canada.
This animal was taken before the US listed this species as threatened under the ESA, which led to the banning of the importation of polar bear trophies, but its hide may still be in Canada.
I found the hunt itself quite fascinating.
The dogs are very useful in baying up the bear so the hunter can get clean shot.
Some may take issue with me posting this video.
But using dogs to hunt polar bears is one of the oldest traditions in the arctic.
It’s very unlikely that the dogs we call sled dogs today were used primarily in hauling sleds.
Vilhjalmur Stefansson suggest that widespread use of dogs as draft animals in the arctic couldn’t happen until the native peoples procured firearms. Rifles allowed them to kill enough game to feed large numbers of dogs for hauling purposes. Before that, Stefansson believed that the dogs were primarily used for hunting, and most families kept only a pair of dogs for hunting.
I’m probably going to catch some criticism for posting this video.
I don’t hate polar bears. I certainly don’t want them to go extinct.
But I just found the hunt so impressive that I will show you it to you.
You can make up your own mind what you think about it.
But I was glad to have found it.