May 3rd, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Report: Hunter kills first hybrid polar-grizzly bear offspring

A hunter has killed a second generation polar-grizzly bear hybrid, the first second generation hybrid ever recorded in the wild, scientists in Canada are reporting.

An Inuvialuit hunter shot the animal on April 8 on sea ice near the Northwest Territories community of Ulukhaktok, according to a press release from the Northwest Territories Department of the Environment and Natural Resources.

The hunter, identified as David Kuptana, thought his kill looked unusual and submitted samples to the government for DNA testing, the news release said. Results of that testing released last week show the bear was the offspring of a polar-grizzly female and a male grizzly.

A male polar-grizzly was shot in the area in April 2006, the release said.

Global warming and the reduction of Arctic sea ice is likely to make such hybrid finds more common, scientists say.

"We're taking this continent-sized barrier to animal movement, and in a few generations, it's going to disappear, at least in summer months," Brendan Kelly, a marine biologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, told CNN affiliate CBC news.

The hunter, meanwhile, is looking to cash in on the animal’s pelt while it’s still rare and has received bids from across Canada, the CBC reported.

"Right now, we're already at $15,000, and we're going to see how far we can go," Kuptana told the CBC. "If we can do better, we'll be happy."

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  1. yo mama

    Chill out people! What chance is there of the hunter knowing this was some rare polar/grizzly mix! Let it go! If we find some more, yay! If we don't, whatever, but hunting is not a horrible terrible dead unless you're PURPOSELY hunting an endandered animal!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yo mama

    *middle finger*

    May 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. killalltreehugers

    that bear deserved to die because it was an abomination to the world and the animals

    May 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • BIG AL


      November 24, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle Anderson

    You guys are pretty ridiculouse if you read the story it was an inuvialuit hunter thats a native if your ignorant asses dont know and that is a hunting is a part of their culture and their survival and we as white man have taken enough of that away from them already and now some guy who shot a polar bear that turned out to be a rare hybrid is being condemned by ignorant hippies go back to america and go eat some granola. I hunt spring black bear every year and brown bear every spring around where i moose hunt so they dont destroy the moose population that we hunt and survive off of every year

    May 7, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. M.K.

    What is wrong with the idiots that want to save the mean- assed grizzly bears? We are fighting two wars where thousands of young American's have been killed and maimed, and the tree huggers are whining about bears that will kill you and eat you if they get a chance. I say kill all of the damn bears along with the wolves, black bears, poison snakes, alligators and anything else that serve no purpose except cause a lot of grief to the human population. We spend billions on medicine to wipe out viruses, diseases, and other life threating things, but some of us want to save things that are deadly. wake up you crazies.

    June 19, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • K S

      Are you freagin' retarded? Ever heard of the food chain???? Wipe it out – wipe the planet out. OMG did you go to school?

      June 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meredith

    Making a profit for a trophy kill is cowardly. Anyone who has "fun" killing for show belongs in Alaska where you can run a wolf down in a helicopter and bravely shoot it and then pull its young out and shoot the pups in the head. Hopefully many species will be extinct soon because of our greed and ignorance...their suffering will end. I doubt that there are enough intelligent human beings around who can simply enjoy nature and feel macho without having to kill...that is our history....the killer ape.

    June 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mervyn

    Hey look, a rare animal..... Lets kill it !! Hunters should just hunt each other. How Fun!

    August 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mervyn

    I hope they choke on the meat.

    August 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yum Yum

      You can not choke on bear meat if you cook it properly. It can be stringy, but is hard to choke on. It is pretty darn tasty to. As far as the carcass goes, the buzzards usually do a good job , and the small rodents like to gnaw on the bones so nothing goes to waste. I think I will shoot 2 this year just because they are getting so popular.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JMC

    So some of you say since it's a hybrid we should be able to kill it since it's a freak of nature...well what about mixed race people? Can we kill them too? See how ridiculous that sounds?! Bottom line, it was a tragedy & hunting should NOT be a sport.

    August 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pat decristoforo

    i dont agree with hunting for sport. some have to hunt for food. people who hunt for sport are cowards how about giving a animal a gun also to keep it even. hunters are COWARDS.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      I agree. I'm going to hunt boar with my father's spear and my best friend will be my back up with her bow. I have ALWAYS wanted to make Boar chili and this is gonna top the story of my aunt shooting a boar while she was "relieving herself" in the bushes.
      I think it's more challenging and satisfying to remove the guns and keep what you kill.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. DisgruntledGrrl

    I remember the "A male polar-grizzly was shot in the area in April 2006". That was a BIG bear.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. squeela

    Folks, back up and take a look at the big picture. People like this hunter, who followed all the rules to the best of his knowledge and ability, fork over much larger sums of money for these guided trips than any of us donate and what is the money for? I hear this recent hunt was paid for (?25,000.00) and then guided by an Inuit native. Most of the money goes back into wildlife conservation and research for these very same animals that would be extinct by now if it were not the revenue from hunters licenses etc. Being this hunter followed guidelines for the kill the animal should be tested and returned to him. How many of you are going to get close enough to a Polar or Griz and measure the head or claws before shooting??!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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