May
18
2006

A Grizzlar? A Pizzly? New Bear Hybrid Discovered.

Humorous naming possibilites abound for a new breed of bear discovered in the tundra of the Candian province of Nunavut. DNA tests have confirmed that the bear, shot by a Canadian hunter, is a previously-undiscovered cross between a Polar Bear and a Grizzly Bear. The hunter’s guide, Roger Kuptana, had noticed that the bear had a brown, spotty coloration and the slightly humped back of a grizzly, but not until last week did a DNA test confirm that a new hybrid had been discovered.

The possibility of a grizzly-polar bear hybrid has been known for years, and successful crossbreeds have been born in captivity. The range of the polar bear and the grizzly bear overlap slightly, and the breeding season of the two species are similar as well. However, no crossbreed had ever been found in the wild.

The DNA results are good news for the hunter, Jim Martell. He had been granted a permit to kill one wild polar bear, and the penalty for taking an grizzly bear without a permit is up to a year in jail. Now that the bear’s lineage has been established, Martell will not face any penalty and will be allowed to keep the bear as a trophy. He has dubbed it a “polargrizz.”

The crossbreed may indicate that there is a problem for both species. Both the Polar Bear and the Grizzly bear are considered threatened species, and the existence of hybrids might mean that the bears are having a difficult time finding mates. Additionally, wildlife geneticist David Paetaku (in an interview with CNN), expressed concern that the crossbreeding may water down the breeds of two already threatened animals.

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snarg's picture
snarg says:

Do they know if the pizzly grizzlar is capable of reproducing?

posted on Fri, 05/19/2006 - 1:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hey I was going to tell u that there were only two ever in history one was in a ring side show many years ago and the other was shot thought to be a poler bear.

posted on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

dunno cause the male was sterilized

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I Think so But only If It was with Another Pizzly

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:21pm
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Jessica M. Csaszar says:

I feel it is a tragedy that this so called 'man' killed the only species of this kind found in the wild. He should be liable for the one year jail penalty; his permit was for a polar bear, not a grizzly bear. I understand the animal is half of each genetically, but he broke his permit legally by killing an animal that was not 100% a polar bear. I hope in the future he will give up his hunting of endangered animals irregardless of the money he pays to do it. It is a real tragedy that innocent animals are hunted and murdered for some sick individuals fun.

posted on Wed, 05/24/2006 - 2:29pm
Andrew Horn's picture
Andrew Horn says:

I don't see why you think this is such a problem, it's just a bear! I mean it IS possibly the only one of it's kind, but even so, if it is simply a hybrid, all we have to do is wait for another grizzley to mate with another polar bear. It's not even a seperate species! Another thing to point out, is that it is not a traggedy, when one man kills one bear. Take a look at Darfur in Sudan. Thousands of humans are killing thousands of humans there, and I don't see very much public outcry.

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 12:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is a tragedy what is happening there, but those individuals can revolt against their gov., just like we did to Eng., etc.
In the bible it states that we are to 'look after' God's creatures, not kill them for fun (sport).

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 4:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I cannot believe you can't see the problem here. Do you know how long the bear has been on this Earth? How long it took to create and evolve into that species? Have you taken any basic anatomy and physiology classes. We are no different from them except in one thing, we kill for pleasure. Also we over populate and destroy things. Do you not see the tragedy? We as humans are causing this to happen. Yes you who sit at your computer not in touch with what is going on, are causing this to happen. We as a species are so self involved it blows my mind. You state "So its just a Bear' My reply is "so its just you" There are plenty more like you right! that is the mentality that is crushing are beautiful animal friends. For a moment think about what it would be like without animals.

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 11:04am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

There are a great many differences between bears and people, not just the one you mention.

All animals over-populate when given the chance. Remove predators, and populations increase to the point where the ecosystem can no longer support them all, and the numbers fall back.

None of which is to say I support hunting for sport. But I do object to false moral equivalencies.

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i do agree with you a little bit but because of hunting some animals are going extinct!!!!!!!!! even though huntimg is fun it is not good for the enviroment!!!!!

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:20am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I don't think you can make a blanket statement that hunting is not good for the environment. If we don't hunt deer and keep their population numbers in check, they'll actually not have enough to eat over the winter, causing them to eat bark off of trees, which then make the trees susceptible to diseases. That's just one example.

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:29am
curious's picture
curious says:

hmm...same could be said about humans...and the argument could be used to justify wars and genocides though....population control. if we don't allow situations for humans to kill each other, our population will grow too big and deplete all the resources...then what...

but then again, since we are on the top of the food chain we take advantage of our position to kill animals for sport and deplete our resources that way too. of course a ploar-grizzly as a trophy is so much more important/significant than the starving people around the world.

basically if we are going to use arguments like that, keep in mind that we are creatures/animals too so morality aside, the argument should apply to us too.

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:15pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

That's just the point -- you can't put morality aside. If we cannot agree that a human's life is more valuable / more important than an animal's, then I fear we do not have enough common ground to continue the discussion.

I do agree with the earlier post: as Earth's dominant, sentient species, we have a responsibility -- moral, ethical, and rational -- to be aware of the impact of our actions, to protect and preserve the nature which sustains us, and to treat animals humanely. But not, I would add, humanly.

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:22pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Humans have the capacity to realize which behaviors we exhibit that are detrimental to the environment. And we have the capacity to change those behaviors. Do we do that all the time? No. Deer, or other animals, don't have those cognitive abilities, and that's where animal population control through hunting can actually benefit the balance of nature...even for the species being hunted.

posted on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 9:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

EXCUSE ME, BUT THE Grizzlar isn't just a BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
IT'S A HYBRID AND THE 1ST NATURAL-BORN GRIZZLAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DO NOT AGREE WIT YOU AT ALL!!!!

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is NOT just a Bear its a start of a new Speices

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:30pm
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ELIZABETH MASI says:

I agree with you 100% Jessica! if you hunt because you are hungry, maybe. Why can't there be postings of the incredible bear running across snow? We have to see an animal slaughtered and lying in it's own blood with a background of white...........How awful! Just the thought that I wanted in my mind 'wow, they found this new species-how beautiful! Oh, and look what we did to it!' Hate it!

posted on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:38am
Hugo's picture
Hugo says:

Are you insane? Do you think he walked up to the bear and said, "Hello Mr. Bear, I have a permit to kill you but I need to know if you are in fact a Polar Bear." He shot a 7 foot tall white bear from 300 yards away at 5 o'clock in the morning in below 80 degrees Celsius. It took scientists weeks to determine this thing wasn't a Polar Bear, you expected him to figure that out from 300 yards away in a split second under those conditions? What an ignorant comment you left. Don't let your love of animals get in the way. Your problem may be with the killing of an animal in general. That man wanted to shoot a Polar bear, not an unknown cross breed. Not to mention he did it legally. Go fight the system.

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:15am
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JGordon says:

I don't really have a dog in this fight, but, for the sake of argument... maybe if you're 300 yards away from what you're planning on killing at 5 o'clock in the morning, and you only have "a split second" to determine that that something is ok to kill... you shouldn't shoot?

Isn't that a basic tenant of hunting and gun-safety? To be absolutely positive that what you're pointing your weapon at is something you are willing to kill, and something that is legal for you to kill? At 300 yards, it wasn't exactly self-defense yet.

Also, a little side point—I don't know for sure what the conditions were where the guy was hunting, but the coldest temperature ever recorded on this planet was 26 years ago in Antarctica, and it was -89 degrees Celsius. Are you sure it was -80 C where he shot that bear?

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I Agree that he should go to jail

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thanks sooooo much at least someone agrees

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:25pm
Kevin Perkins's picture
Kevin Perkins says:

I think people that think hunting is murder are ignorant. Would you rather have no control on there numbers and let them over populate. That way they can starve to death and have more of them get hit by cars and suffer or be killed humanely and not let the meat go to waste. People like this just upset me, they probably think the meat at the store grows there. If people like this eat that meat then they are hipocrits, because those animals had a rougher life then one that is hunted and killed with one well place shot.

posted on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 4:33pm
maria's picture
maria says:

well i was disscussing this with someone last nIght, and they came up with (grolar). this is very interesting though. i think that the possibility of a new breed is very high, and IF it happens it is because it has to happen. A new speices. but, i Also Do not want the two speices of bears to disappear. strange. it won't happen fast, i know thAT. IF THIS IS NATURAL, WOW!!!! IF IT IS NOT WELL I STILL AM IMPRESSED.

posted on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 2:56pm
Tim's picture
Tim says:

In Time magazine they concluded that in fifty years the Polar Bear may become extinct due to the diminishing ice in the north polar region.These hybrids could be attributed to global warming.Maybe more polar bears are moving inwards from the ice and breeding with the also endangered grizzly bears.I don't think that it's a horrible thing that these bears mate.I read an article where these hybrids are fertile,unlike mules or male ligers.This may be a way for the bear species to continue to thrive in Alaska.

posted on Sun, 10/01/2006 - 9:58pm
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M.D. says:

I'm a little concerned that an educational website has made a glaring spelling error. The correct nomenclature is 'Canadian', not 'Candian'. Please utilize the spell check feature in the future.

Also, the hunter, Jim Martell, is American.

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/05/10/pizzly-grolar-bear.html

Please get your facts straight, and do a bit more research, before you post. Poor research for an educational site.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 1:55pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I'm glad that you pointed out the errors. (And I'm not making excuses, either. But I would hardly call the first one an "egregious" mistake. It's more of a minor typo. After all, you knew what the writer meant.)

I want to say, too, that this website allows any registered member to post stories, and any user to comment on them. We trust our community to be careful and responsible when writing blog stories, and we count on the community's vigilance to correct any errors. And you did! Seems like the system is working.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 3:16pm
Mary's picture
Mary says:

Canadians are also Americans. Hmmm.

posted on Mon, 10/01/2007 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Only a complete self-absorbed moron would kill a rare creature such as this bear. Rest assured things will go bad for him with time.

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 9:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Being the wife of a hunter, trust me, you would not know from the distance that it was a polar/grizzly mix, it was white, it was big, he paid good money for it, so he took it. I don't blame him.

posted on Fri, 09/08/2006 - 10:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

So, let's say you rec. a lic. to kill a deer; your in the woods @ a good distance & see something brownish.
Do you just shoot it or do you make sure it is a deer & not a child/adult/etc.?

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 4:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

There are more than one of these hybrids out there. I doubt the person was looking for this hybrid to kill. There is a season on polar bears and that is what he was likely hunting for. Hunting is still a part of who we are wether we all like it or not. The hybrids are occuring because of an overlap of ranges due to Global warming and human population growth and habitat destruction. Genetics is only one factor that seperates species-a good comparison is the different wolf species and coyotes. Yes, check your sources and don't just trust what you see on the internet. People ARE outraged by needless killing of animals and the genocidal killings in many contries.

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 11:53am
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Tom Bonnos says:

For those against hunting- I guess you would like all hunters to capture the animals and do genetic testing to verify that the animal is truely what it looks like before they kill it. In the real world a hunter can only verify his kill by looking at it. The man did nothing wrong. It is unfortunate that this animal is a crossbreed and was killed but it was legal. This sight is not for sharing views on hunting policies but to report new and interesting things for all to see. Everyone is entitled to there opinion. But please do not use this page to condem hunting.
Respectfully submitted by Tom Bonnos

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 10:17pm
Omagus's picture
Omagus says:

Actually, I'm guessing that those against hunting would rather that hunters, you know...stop hunting.

posted on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 10:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well ya we should hunt because some people like the food that they hunt

posted on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 2:02pm
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Terry Walker says:

This article is extremely disturbing. You start the article by saying "Humourous.......". Kindly give me a break. As a Canadian what is humourous about the Canadian Government allowing an American to buy a licence to kill/murder a beautiful animal like the POLAR BEAR. Polar bears are one of the most spectcular animals on this planet and they are on the endangered species. We as Canadians and as earthlings should be doing everything possible to protect all bears including the polar bears, grizzly bears, black bears etc. I am at this instance ashamed to be a Canadian. To the despicable maggot that shot the polar/grizlly bear, I have this to say. "You will pay for this act of cruelty."

posted on Thu, 07/20/2006 - 8:50pm
Terri's picture
Terri says:

I agree with the above comments posted. How completely tragic and devestating that a beautiful rare bear was hunted down and all anyone wants to do is joke about a new name for it. Well, I have a name for it-"Murdered". My only hope is that this hunter finally sees what he has done and stops hunting! Polar bears AND Grizzly bears are threatened! This hunter did do something wrong; he raised a gun and murdered a bear that was doing no harm to anyone. Nice "sport". Real sports requrie talent and heart. Hunting requires no talent and having no heart.

posted on Thu, 08/17/2006 - 1:20pm
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Mighty Rex says:

You know, this reminds me of a lot of places I've been, both here and abroad, where lodges and trailside markers have informational signs and pictures like this one, discussing how wonderful and diverse and amazing the wildlife used to be, and isn't it great that hunters of the day thought to preserve the species on film.

Inevitably, there are tsk tsks, and "why did they do that?" and a general consensus that people back in the day were ill-informed and stupid.

I wonder if global warming is contributing to this crossbreeding? After all, if snowpack is retreating faster than polar bears can relocate... hmm.

posted on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 1:05pm
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J. Davis says:

I fully agree about what this site is all about, we can go on and on with opinions. All these people against hunting, how many of you go to the store and purchase meat and take home to eat? How do you think the meat got to the grocery to begin with some person had to do the deed? As far as the original story goes...I find very interesting as well as educational and am very glad that i posted the question, do these 2 bears ever have interactions with each other?

posted on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 1:48pm
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Tired of this says:

I dont understand how people go on talking about how this hunter is a terrible person for killing such a beautiful animal. I mean seriously I dont here you complaining about the terrible man who cut up your pig for the bologna. An animal is an animal so dont go around pointing your finger at people when your at home driving your soccer mom hummer eating rump roast dinner because this guy is making a living the best way he knows how, so there.

posted on Wed, 12/27/2006 - 11:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

real mature! grow up.there is a difference.

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

actually most of the people posting comments are upset about someone being allowed to kill a threatened species and not upset about hunting in general.

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 7:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They should leave the new bears alone becaause we don't want them to become endangered like the polar bear!

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why is a hunter allowed to shoot a polar bear (or a grizzly bear)? They are threatened species. People should not be allowed to hunt a species on the brink of extinction. Polar bears are certain to become extinct if the world (particularly the U.S.) doesn't start doing something about global warming soon.

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 7:05pm
Jason's picture
Jason says:

I have to say that I dont like the fact that it is legal to hunt Polar Bear and definatly do not support hunting of exotic and endangered animals. I am a hunter myself, but I only kill what I can eat and I do not hunt for sport. I think that if all hunters would practice this the world might not have as many problems with extinction. I will say that hunters are not the main cause of this. We have to look at Global Warming, Oil Spills, Deforestation. The people against hunting are sometimes the same ones calling the shots for the companies that are loosing oil in the seas. They are the ones keeping newer technology that could help slow down global warming from reaching the public becuase it will hurt thier pocket book. Also who gives a flip if someone spelled some words wrong. I know I have and will do this again.

posted on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 10:18am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I fully agree with you.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 4:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i fully agree with you...dont people know polar bears are endangered!!!!!

posted on Tue, 05/15/2007 - 10:05am
karen's picture
karen says:

that is realy cool.

posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 5:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i disagree with the comment about the man who shot the pizzly grizzlar to have to go to jail for killing a grizzly when his liscense was intended for a polar bear. There was no way of knowing that what he killed was a cross breed between a grizzly bear and a polar bear. It is sad that it was the only one known of its species in the wild but it's not his fault.

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

man that is just patheticly terrible y kill a hybrid

posted on Mon, 10/01/2007 - 9:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pizzlies rock with their new breed i think its so cool and awesome

posted on Mon, 11/17/2008 - 3:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Please be nice to each other and keep comments civil. It is not fair to judge the hunter and say anything about what happened. You were not there and he should have a chance to defend his view and what happened.
Hunting and the reasons the hybrid occured are something we are all responsible for and need to understand.

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 12:52pm
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Be nice to eachother?! says:

Be nice?! Are you nuts? Perhaps people weren't witness to the murdering of this animal. Perhaps the murderer - oh sorry - "hunter" - didn't know it was a hybrid.

What he did know was that: A) it was unarmed/he wasn't in danger and B) he was doing it for FUN.

Oh but wait, he paid thousands of dollars. And it was "legal". Forget moral.....

Hmmmm. Wondering if that bear wouldve seen things the same way if it paid, oh I don't know, say a few thousand salmon to hunt down said "king human hunter". Oh wait, that would be called murder.

Killing for FUN is wrong - morally and ethically. I bet Hitler was having fun too. This guy who killed the bear, regardless that it was a hybrid, for fun, should be sent straight to hell. This is such crap.....sickening!!

posted on Fri, 12/25/2009 - 4:32am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And thus once again is Godwin's Law proved inviolable.

posted on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 11:21pm
MOMofTwo's picture
MOMofTwo says:

Well, I think the fact that this hybrid was found in the wild is great. Sad it had to die of course, but I'm sure if there's one, there are/will be more. I don't understand how the hunter was allowed to hunt a polar bear in the first place (50k obviously gets you whatever you want regardless of laws), but I will say after looking this up elsewhere I found a pic and have to agree with the post from a hunters wife; there is no way he could have made out the difference. Check it out yourselves:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/bear-hybrid-photo.html

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 9:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this actually reminds me of the story where the zoo tiger attacked a visitor who climbed into his cage/area.

if the polargriz had attacked the man instead, what would the response be?

posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

To the above, "if the polargriz had attacked the man instead, what would the response be?"

It would of course be a tragedy, but not a moral issue. The bear would be looking for food. This man was not looking for food but to get his jollies by shooting an animal so he could, probably, mount it on his wall or the like.

I also find it amusing that so many people assume that those who commented on the immorality of hunting consume meat and state that there is no difference. We have heard of vegetarians, haven't we? Vegetarians aren't a myth, we are out there.

posted on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 3:53pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The hunter would have the moral right, and even obligation, to self-defense.

posted on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 10:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what does your brain look like?

posted on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:10am
h-townlefty's picture

Howdy all, not to argue in an undue fashion, but....

As a former hunter it seems reasonable for the state to allow game management (OF NON-THREATENED SPECIES!) through hunting.... This merely(a blatant understatement) assumes our negative impacts on the herd(s) such as habitat reduction are in the moral right (which is sadly much of the debate here) and thereby justify further human impact(management). I do not necessarily believe we are in a position of "right" simply 'cause we got the guns' but reality strikes; we are not going anywhere, and hunting is not about to be outlawed.
Hunting for sport seems superfluous, but what IF (and i am certainly not saying this is the case) the licensing and permitting fees actually did more to preserve the species than the taking of game subtracted??? Is it possible??? I would venture to say yes, but I am not qualified to speak to specifics...
If humans were not in the equation, the great equalizer for natural overpopulation is disease which manages to spread in dense populations and thereby spares populations under the natural 'threshold'. So I conclude that no population "needs" our management or input.

Furthermore, with the express intent of arguing:
Hunting is quite difficult in most cases and does require knowledge, physical capability, focus, and most times quite a bit of heart. Are these qualities that you personally choose to exhibit in this fashion?? That is for each of us to decide for themselves. I second, or fourth ('cause i did not count) the appeal and/or challenge to debate fact and/or conjecture and avoid vilification.
< back to non-argument mode :) >
For the record, I now enjoy catch-and-release fishing for a number of reasons.

From a standpoint of principle:
*IF the shot was rushed, it certainly should not have been taken!
*IF this guy paid 50k i would HOPE the Canadian gov't did enough good with it that this mistaken taking of the best hope for our planet (adaptation to our juggernaut of ignorance) was not in vain.
*IF anyone celebrates the killing of this particular bear he/she ought to re-think alot.
*IF the bear had come at him he would deserve it. Yes, our law says that if a bear attacks you it is lawful to save your own life by deady force if necessary. No, that does not mean in bear country you belong. Nature's law is that of a streetfight in the dark. A bear with far less IQ seems to know damn well he doesn't belong in my living room sooo...
*IF we dislike the man's (which were legal) actions WE PERSONALLY have to make our feelings known to our government. This seems the biggest disconnect in our country today. Our reps could not possibly EVER (even before the loaded handshakes) do their job correctly (representing me) if i give them not the accurate information they need by stating my views.

Just think... Who responds to these freaking polls, anyway? Those watching E! Entertainment channel?? ALIENS??? If these polls are all my representatives have to go on, well then what we see starts to add up...

A poignant example of this was the recent battle on the hill. I found myself hoping urging a "government option" when what I truly thought was best was single payer. I then realized that I was doing myself, my reps, and the rest of us a disservice. It is my reps' jobs to go to the hill and hash out what is "attainable", It is my job to state succinctly and clearly what I (me and only me) think is best. Only then has he the information with which to decide his position.

PLEASE, it was not my intention to hi-jack the thread and discuss health care, so if anyone needs to touch on health care a new thread needs be started (or you could get touched on by a moderator :)... do we have those here??

Sorry for writing a book :^o

posted on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 1:13am
bobbaro's picture
bobbaro says:

a polar bear would kill you given half a chance. so why not take a chance and kill half a polar bear?

posted on Sun, 06/20/2010 - 8:31pm
Nyra's picture
Nyra says:

Grizzlys+Polar bears should be under Protection.(especially polar bears)

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:35pm
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Guardian of Ga'Hoole-Soren says:

It should be under protection. the killer shouldnt be allowed to keep it as a trophy. please protect anymore of their species

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 3:36pm
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Dylanskater2010 says:

They should call it the Pizzly bear.

posted on Thu, 11/04/2010 - 9:14am
Pablo's picture
Pablo says:

A lot of these posts are filled with anger because this man shot the bear for fun. I did not read that anywhere in the article. Where does it say that?

posted on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:46pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yo Pablo

The guy was a sport hunter. He's from Idaho, and he paid about $45,000 to hunt a polar bear; he went up there with the express purpose of killing a bear. So "fun" might be a simple way to put it, but, yeah, it's probably a decent summation of a recreational/adventure/trophy hunting trip.

posted on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 1:39pm
Pablo's picture
Pablo says:

I guess I missed that in the article. Ok then, I can understand where the anger is coming from. This guy was without a doubt doing this for "fun". He certainly wasn't looking to fill his freezer with bear meat! A trophy is more like it.

posted on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 8:45pm
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Jessica P says:

I'm not sure that the hunter's reason for killing the bear is the point of this article. I think the point is that it has been proven that grizzly and polar bears have cross bred in the wild successfully. This is an astounding discovery and adds new hope to the fact that these are both threatened species. It is essentially the same, for example, as crossing amazon parrots with electus parrots. The point is not that someone shot the hybrid, but that the hybrid was actually made.

posted on Mon, 04/04/2011 - 10:31am
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miquela.d says:

It is bad that this man killed that bear because its the only one of its kind and thats just wrong even for a man.That poor bear no longer exsists but eventually another one will be born because the polar bears are moveing south and the grizzlys are moving north and ther eventually gonna mate sooner or later but its also wrong that the man is using the bear as a trophy thats just plane old wrong it just makes my mind explode in angry little peices

posted on Sat, 03/03/2012 - 5:59pm
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Anonymous2222222 says:

Wow. He was legal to kill a polar bear, and what he killed was half polar bear. The hybrid is not it's own new breed, it's a mut. I bet that all the people who are against hunting on here knows people who hunt, and doesn't try to jail them. You people are ignorant. We need to keep animal populations down. If you've never hunted before your missing out. I say the guy should get another permit to hunt a polar bear since that one was taken.

posted on Sun, 12/09/2012 - 11:44am

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