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. mal

    Maybe a few bears should get guides and shoot humans before the uncontrolled human population begins to cause famine, epidemics, strife, pollute the environment beyond the planets ability to regenerate and we all go down the fubes.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. JILL


    May 4, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Myca

    Apparently, the prizzly bear was able to reproduce, as this one was a 'second generation."

    May 4, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nicole

    Apparently humans haven't helped enough animals to extinction. Now lets hunt prizzlies and kill off rare prizzlies! Which are only happening in nature b/c polar bears are dying , so let's kill their shot of living on in another form. Go HUMANS!

    May 4, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. CDA

    what you bleeding hearts are failing to realize is that this is not a new species, its a hybrid. Except for human intervention this hybrid would not even exist. You would have realized if you had actually read the piece before going off on a native person for obtaining food for himself and his family. I have no way of supporting this statement but neither do you in making yours so I feel safe in saying that no Inuvialuit hunter is on the sea ice hunting bear for the hell of it. It was for survival and if he can get an additional 15000 of supplies for the pelt more power to him. What you are missing is the fact that he contacted scientist at all. You have an Inuvialuit hunter in the far north that cares enough to submit samples for testing. If conservation efforts are being made in the far corners of the planet then progress is being made. Lastly to state that it is murder is dumb dont people realize the sort of ecological destruction that would ensue if animal populations was not held in check given the smaller habitats we as humans have forced the rest of nature into?

    May 4, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. CDA

    Heb you are an idiot! you claim that nature would balance itself out through the food chain. Um we are in the food chain!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Beauford

    Carlos stated that “hunting is part of human history”. Yeah, but so was cannibalism.

    Hoghunter89 stated that “if there were no hunters the population of wildlife would become so large that animals would be living in backyards”. No, animal populations will only expand if its food supply allows for it – we learned this in high school. If animal population exceeds the ability of its food supply then you have famine.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. hunted a long time ago

    a Half Polar / Half Grizzlie bear isn't a's an freak of nature. Obviously the Hunter couldn't tell it was a Mix. He was hunting for meat not for "sport" so whatever !

    Just wish there was a Photo but I'm sure there's more of them somewhere....

    May 4, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Janet

    Hunters are the animals! IIt's a sick thing to do.

    Add another Black Eye to Canada for promotring this and the sick humans that take advantage of it.

    Shame on anyone that kills an innocent animal for the pelt and trophy.


    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. MNKYband

    They should hunt humans instead of animals... Really, we made at least 100 species go extinct!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      So, you feel that humans should be hunted? Did you take into account that you are yourself a human and you would be included in the hunted?

      Why not hunt yourself and help "solve the problems" you believe we(which includes YOU) have caused?
      Prove you're not a hypocrite.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AGuest9

    @robert – ever try eating a photograph???

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. AGuest9

    I LOVE CANADA! Can't wait to go back up North. Great hunting & fishing!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Was Buf., Now Was.

    There's only a half-step between polar/grizzly hybrid and manbearpig. Be on the watch, Al Gore!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Alyssa


    May 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boomhauer

    The way i understand this is:
    1) the hunter legally shot a bear.
    2) upon noticing that there was something peculiar about the animall he contacted conservation. (Good on him, shows concern on his part.)
    3) the hunters in the north live off the meat and sell pelts for profit or make clothing.
    4) he scored on the pelt part of this particular animal.
    5) What is the problem?

    If you prefer not to call it global warming, call it northern warming. The fact is the northern ice is in fact melting. The shipping that has begun and the argument all of a sudden on whose land it is will be a helluva fight. The world is changing as it has since the Beginning. We are on the verge people. The good Lord has had enough.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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