Polar Bear Blog – Bears, Trains and Automobiles

Headed up to Thompson tonight and catching the train at (theoretically) 1pm tomorrow. First an eight or nine hour drive on the Unicorn – now stocked with every conceivable tire repair device known to man (mostly because i can’t actually figure out how to change a tire on it…). Then a twelve or so hour train ride (but probably more like 20 hours…). So we’ll see how that goes… I hear there’s talk of VIA scaling back train service to Churchill, back to two times a week – pretty sure that was the schedule in the 40s…

Sounds like polar bear alert snagged the break-in bear. For a while, he would range from raiding Northern Nights garbage container at the northwest end of town and then take the long walk around and end up at Lazy Bear lodge on the other side of Churchill. Officers ended up putting a polar bear trap at ‘Edgar’s Inukshuk’ right at the end of Kelsey Boulevard, Churchill’s main street. Well, we each have our run I guess…

Still waiting for the first real mass arrival of bears out in buggyland, there’s about half a dozen out there right now and a few more wandering along the coast between Halfway point and Churchill. There’s a bigger male hanging out near Tundra Buggy lodge, probably about eight feet tall and from the looks of it, maybe six or seven years old. Most bears have been found in and around Churchill this year, a lot of them coming from across the Churchill River.

 

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