Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Polar Bears Shot after Attack in Northern Manitoba Town of Churchill

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Polar Bears Shot after Attack in Northern Manitoba Town of Churchill

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Polar bear attacks in dead of night

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CHURCHILL, Man. - A man and a woman were in stable condition Friday after a polar bear attack in northern Manitoba.

The attack in Churchill, on the shores of Hudson Bay, came after the 69-year-old man stepped outside his home to investigate a "commotion" on the street about 5 a.m., said RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel.

A 30-year-old woman, one of three pedestrians who had been confronted by the bear, was also injured, Seel said.

"It was right in the town," she said.

"Pedestrians were walking in the town and were surprised by a polar bear. A homeowner heard the commotion and exited his home, at which time he was attacked by the polar bear.

"Another local resident was driving a vehicle and charged it toward the bear and scared the bear off."

The man and woman were both taken to hospital. Police said the man suffered multiple lacerations.

Resident Joe Myles said on his Facebook site that he saw three bears. Myles wrote that he was outside having a cigarette break during his night shift at a hotel when a co-worker yelled about a bear sighting.

"I ran out to see a huge mama bear and her cub scurrying across the street from the back alley. Then we started hearing shots, then screaming and yelling, then more shots."

Myles said another bear came up the alley and "stopped and stared."

"We creeped back towards the door and had it half open just in case it came at us. Inside, the morning cook was frying bacon, which obviously interested the bear."

When the bruin made a move towards them, they ran inside and shut the door.

The sightings were reported to Manitoba Conservation, who were able to respond quickly, said spokesman Glen Cassie.

Officers had been patrolling Churchill earlier that night as part of their regular precautions on Halloween night.

Several conservation officers circle the town in a helicopter to see if there are any bears around eyeing trick-or-treaters. …

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