Igloolik, Nunavut Hunters Found Alive


Inukshuk in the north. Colin-Goyman photo.

Three hunters from Igloolik that have been missing since January 22 have been found alive.

Victor Akatsiak,14, Lee Aqqiaruq, in his late 20’s, and Richard Milton, 14, were found late last night by search and rescue workers as they were walking towards Igloolik.

The three men departed Saturday, January. 19th for a fishing trip near the Melville Peninsula. They were supposed to return home on January 22nd but they didn’t show up. Two snow-mobilers from search and rescue went in pursuit after they still had not returned by January 24th.

“It’s a relief, especially for family members,” said Celestino Uyarak, with Igloolik search and rescue. Uyarak is also the mayor of Igloolik. “Being out there on the land, especially in January and February where there is extreme cold, anything more than 48 hours missing is a concern. “

Uyarak said the three were traveling with just one snowmobile. Uyarak cautioned that people venturing out on the land should always take more than one snowmobile. The details of what happened are still unclear.

Barren – Ground Grizzly Trapped in Churchill

barren ground grizzly in Churchill

Barren – ground grizzly under sedation at the Churchill Polar Bear Holding Facility. Manitoba Conservation photo.


Barren - ground grizzly in Churchill, Manitoba.

Barren – ground grizzly in the Churchill Polar Bear Holding Facility. Manitoba Conservation photo.


airlift of Barren - ground grizzly in Churchill.

Helicopter lifts the Barren – ground grizzly to its northern release location. Manitoba Conservation photo.

In Churchill, when a bear breaks into a cabin or outbuilding, Polar Bear Alert is called. On July 18, 2018 the call was made and Conservation officers investigated. No bear was located that day however roughly a week later a bear was captured in a culvert trap set by the officers in the area.

July 26th Manitoba Conservation officers approached a trap and realized quickly they had a bear inside. Once they examined the trap more closely they were quite surprised. Instead of the usual polar bear captive, they had trapped a Barren – ground grizzly bear! After spending part of the day in the polar bear holding facility, the animal was airlifted and released near the Manitoba – Nunavut border to the north.

The male grizzly weighed 388 lbs and was equipped with a GPS ear tag and lip tattooed to track its movements.  The GPS will transmit over the next four months and researchers will be able to study its migration pattern. Barren – ground grizzlies are Protected under the Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act.

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