Polar bear onshore in Tuktoyaktuk got so close to kids they heard it breathing

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A report from the CBC this morning (with video) of a large polar bear wandering about the village of Tuktoyaktuk on the (Canadian) shore of the Eastern Beaufort Sea on Thursday (29 September) that got very close to a group of children playing outside. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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That this was a rare event is evident in the awe and excitement in the voices of the residents as someone recorded the movements of the bear through town (picture quality is not the best, but clear enough).

As I’ve said before, with more bears we can expect more interactions with people and more sightings like this that haven’t happened in decades. Map and quotes below.

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“Tina Kikoak says five children were playing outside when one of them noticed the bear about 10 metres away.

“You could hear it breathing,” Kikoak said.

At first, the other kids didn’t believe their…

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