Hunting polar bears in the Arctic has become a popular extreme sport for the wealthy.
For $35,000, trophy-hunters can spend 14 days in the frozen wastelands of northern Canada, accompanied by dog-sleds, Inuit guides and heated tents.
Despite the widely-reported threat to polar bears from climate change as Arctic sea ice melts away, it is legal to hunt them for sport in Canada.
The Pond Inlet hunt, run by Adventure Northwest in Yellowknife, sees the hunters shoot the bear, usually behind the leg. They give the bear’s body parts to the Inuits and the hunter is able to take its hide home.
The company’s founder, Boyd Warner, 45, defended the hunts, saying clients 'respect the bears enormously' and that the quota of bears hunted 'are going to get killed one way or another' because the Inuits depend on them for winter food.
Canada is one of five countries that are home to polar bears, but three others — America, Greenland and Russia — restrict the killing of the creatures to a quota solely for their Arctic populations. The fifth, Norway, has outlawed stalking the bears. There are 22,000 polar bears but the latest scientific surveys suggest that two-thirds could be lost by 2050.
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Story from Daily Mail, UK.