Polar Bear Shot in Quebec 180 Miles From Canada-US Border After Wandering Unusually Far South

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It is said that when Jacques Cartier landed in the St. Lawrence river 500 years ago, he and his crew encountered a polar bear, which they shot and ate. It was the first time White men had journeyed into the St Lawrence river, which functions like more of an estuary, and the first time non-Scandinavian Europeans had encountered polar bears. The weather hoaxers will try to spin this as "muh climate crisis driving the bears out of their habitat for food" (which isn't logical because why would they journey where it's hotter if they were adverse to it being slightly warmer?), but they were living in the area when Europeans first showed up. They only became rarer in central Quebec after the French civilized it. We've also seen similar outliers elsewhere in the world making similar journeys, e.g. Siberian tiger which wandered into the Arctic hundreds of miles North of it's typical range, or the Chinese elephants which also trekked hundreds of miles North of their usual range last year.

Polar bear spotted on GaspΓ© Peninsula killed by wildlife officers
It was spotted near the old airport in Madeleine-Centre, far south of its normal habitat
CBC News Β· Posted: Apr 30, 2022 2:37 PM ET | Last Updated: May 1


The bear was located and killed at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday following an aerial search, wildlife officials said. (Submitted by Jean Bergeron)

After asking residents of a community in the northern coast of the GaspΓ© Peninsula to hunker indoors for nearly 24 hours after the sighting of a polar bear, provincial police say it's now safe to go outside.

The SΓ»retΓ© du QuΓ©bec (SQ) issued the warning at 1 p.m. on Saturday after the bear was spotted in the area of Madeleine-Centre, Que. by the site of the former airport.

The bear was located and killed at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday following an aerial search, wildlife officials said. According to them, it was not safe enough to relocate the bear to its original habitat.

The mayor of Sainte-Madeleine-de-la-Rivière-Madeleine said he was alerted about the situation on Saturday morning, after a friend of his sent him photos of the bear and one of its footprints.

"It's been a funny day. I've been wondering how a polar bear could get there, it's a bit early for an April Fools' joke," JoΓ«l CΓ΄tΓ© said Saturday while speaking to Radio-Canada.

Sophie Bonneville told Radio-Canada that she spotted the bear near her home after her dog Boris alerted her. Quebec wildlife officials were contacted just after.


A photo of the bear's pawprint next to a person's foot, for scale. (Submitted by Jean Bergeron)

"My partner was shovelling and Boris went on the run because, well, he doesn't stand for anything on our land, not even a crow," Bonneville said. "It looked at the dog, it wasn't afraid."

"After looking at my partner he turned to go back into the woods."

As of Saturday afternoon officials had yet to confirm it was polar bear as they continued to search for its tracks.

"There's a photo where you can clearly see the bear, and it's white. In terms of colour, it's the right colour," CΓ΄tΓ© added. "I'm not a specialist."

Officers with the SQ went door to door to advise residents in the area to stay inside.



A rare but not impossible visit, biologist says

Dominique Berteaux, a biologist and professor at the UniversitΓ© du QuΓ©bec Γ  Rimouski, had placed his bets on it being a polar bear.

Polar bears found in the spring on the east coast of Labrador move north when the pack ice breaks up, Berteaux said, but noted that sometimes bears can get lost. They're also fantastic swimmers, he said.

"The Inuit consider it a marine mammal," Berteaux said. "According to the scientific literature, there is nothing exceptional about bear crossing 100 or 200 kilometres while swimming."

Earlier this month, polar bears were spotted more than 200 km to the north, across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the area of Baie-Johan-Beetz. A polar bear was also recently spotted near the Innu community of Unamen Shipu on the Lower North Shore, which is already south of the animal's normal habitat.

 

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he and his crew encountered a polar bear, which they shot and ate.
Isn't polar bear meat toxic ? As in it has so much vitamin A it will rot your bones ?
 

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It’s still snowing in that part of Quebec? Man, fuck that shit. I know whites are supposed to like cold and snow, but no thanks. I couldn’t stand regular winter, the idea of snow in May is the most depressing thing ever. No wonder those people drink all the time.
 

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Isn't polar bear meat toxic ? As in it has so much vitamin A it will rot your bones ?
Their livers contain a lethal amount of vitamin E or something. I remember reading and hearing that from two different sources. But I think it's okay to eat the rest of them. It's not uncommon for hunters to eat bears here. Usually black bears, because they're more numerous, and I hear there is a stark difference in the taste. Black bear is said to taste a lot like pork, and indeed black bears and boars share a similar omnivorous diet. Grizzly bear is supposed to taste pretty awful from what I hear, which is not surprising as they eat a lot more meat. Never heard anyone describe flavor of polar bear meat. I'm sure the Eskimos have tried it.
 

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It’s still snowing in that part of Quebec? Man, fuck that shit. I know whites are supposed to like cold and snow, but no thanks. I couldn’t stand regular winter, the idea of snow in May is the most depressing thing ever. No wonder those people drink all the time.
Yeah it's pretty brutal up there. It snows until June in the majority of Canada, and also parts of the US rockies. And it'll start snowing again in September. August is not unheard of. They get the Labrador current off that part of North America. Funnels down chilled Arctic water off Eastern Canada, vs the warm Gulf of Mexico current which breaks off shore around Virginia.
 

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Their livers contain a lethal amount of vitamin E or something. I remember reading and hearing that from two different sources. But I think it's okay to eat the rest of them. It's not uncommon for hunters to eat bears here. Usually black bears, because they're more numerous, and I hear there is a stark difference in the taste. Black bear is said to taste a lot like pork, and indeed black bears and boars share a similar omnivorous diet. Grizzly bear is supposed to taste pretty awful from what I hear, which is not surprising as they eat a lot more meat. Never heard anyone describe flavor of polar bear meat. I'm sure the Eskimos have tried it.
Where I’m from there’s a bear supper in February I think, and while I never went, my grandmother has. She said bear (I’m assuming it’s black bear as I’ve never heard of grizzlies in Appalachia but idk) is really greasy and it’s like dark meat. She didn’t care for it, but I don’t know if it’s always like that, if it was that specific bear, who cooked it, etc. I’d guess it’s probably like venison, which varies wildly depending on the quality of the animal being cooked.

Personally I dislike venison, it just isn’t something I ever liked which sucked since I’ve eaten a lot of it in my lifetime. Wouldn’t touch it now due to the wasting disease they’ve got (which I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t done purposely by the government to keep people from being able to eat wild game). So idk if bear is uniformly bad or what. Down here we have tons of feral hogs, I keep meaning to get out and go hunt some, a bunch of guys I know do it but I never find the time. Mostly I just worry about what diseases these things could have. Clearly I don’t know too much about it, unfortunately.
 

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it has so much vitamin A it will rot your bones
Their livers contain a lethal amount of vitamin E or something
It's the liver that contains the massive amount of vitamin A. Because this is a fat soluble vitamin, it cannot be easily eliminated by the body so it can definitely become toxic. I suspect it would be a good supplement source if you could freeze it and have tiny amounts every once in a while. Since polar bars are not a practical source of meat, this is obviously not something normally done.

https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/eat-polar-bear-liver.htm
 
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