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. Rachel

    Now all of them will be shot for money before they even have a chance. Byebye Prizzly Bears.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    hunters suck!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. DKM

    What can you say...HUMANS! Other life just doesn't stand a chance. There's no justification for this and the hunter should be brought up on criminal charges as anyone would be for killing endangered species.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. hoghunter86

    What a lot of the animal lovers fail to realize Ken, is if there were no hunters the population of wildlife would become so large that animals would be living in backyards and eating people's gardens. I sure as hell don't want that to happen and that is why every fall I shoot a few deer off my place and most of the time I donate the meat to an organization called Hunters for the Hungry.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ayame

    oh sure.... sell its pelts and make it popular... that way we can se another species go extinct....

    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. JMF

    Gee, wonder how he'd feel if he was shot and his pelt auctioned off for greed.

    I think this species should be protected. Obviously we, as humans, are ruining habitat for a number of wild animals and they are adjusting as they can through no fault of their own.

    Stories like this are upsetting. It is one thing to hunt for survival, quite another to capitalize on killing a rare animal.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. carlos

    Hunting is part of human history and in some places like the "northern territories" its a means of survival, i would challange any of you "hunting haters" to live off the land in the northern territories with out hunting......i'd give you nancy boys/girls 36 hours. so much for tolerance of other peoples way of life.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ms. Linda

    This was NOT the first one shot.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. logan

    u guys all suck, he probably didnt even know that it was when he shot it, there isnt anything wrong with hunting!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ms Pris

    I agree, this poor species will be extinct before it is even established,
    Perhaps preserving this new "species" will help save our polar bears????

    May 3, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. not a hippie

    Oh nothing gets me going in the morning like a big dose of STUPID HIPPIE.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Heb

    Just because we can kill them doesn't make it right. I understand that in some places of the world you need meat to survive, but it should be left at that, a need. This is just greediness to then sell the pelt of this animal to make a quick buck. If you really needed to kill this animal then you would use every part of it for your own survival. But alas, here we are killing anything that walks.

    With regards to the comment hoghunter made, animals would not increase severely in population if we stopped killing them. Have you seen the way nature works? It balances itself out. Thats what the whole animal food chain is about. And maybe if you were on the other end of this where your home was being taken away from you by humans so they can build shopping malls and large houses you might want to come see it too. We all have to live together and if we choose to just go on mindlessly killing animals for our own greed it will catch up with us eventually.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Remember that next time you make a purchase at one of those shopping malls. EVERY is a hipocrite in this country I swear. And the food chain thing includes us moron!

      August 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dumbfounded!!!

    Go Humans!!!! Senseless and Greedy....... I'm so proud of us destroying the planet and killing for nothing..... Makes me sick. The poor creatures of this earth don't have a chance.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. David

    There is nothing wrong with hunting. He shot a bear. How was he suppose to know it was a rare one-of-a-kind hybrid? I say good for him. I wish I could have shot it.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob from SC

    Remember that the Inuvialuit are not "sport hunters"...they are native to the area, and use the meat and pelts to live on. Not quite the same as someone who wants to stick a trophy over the fireplace....

    May 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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