A mother polar bear approaches Maggie Putulik in her cabin near Chesterfield Inlet while a cub investigates the family's drying meat.

© Submitted by Maggie Putulik to CBC News

8/21/2015 3:35:00 PM

Polar Bears Sniff Around Nunavut Camp

In the waning days of July a polar bear walked into a Nunavut camp.

The CBC News reported, "Maggie Putulik and her partner, Brian, were camping with their family near Chesterfield Inlet on July 29 when they were awoken by their dog barking. The couple looked around their camp for activity, but seeing nothing, they returned to bed."

They heard the noise again and looked out to see a mother polar bear and her yearling cub sniffing out the rack where they were drying meat. The mother bear walked to the cabin and pushed against it.

Brian fired a shotgun into the air and scared the bears away. 

Maggie's adult children and grandchildren were in the cabin and everyone was unharmed, This was the second time polar bears entered their camp during the family's three week trip.

Polar Bears International spoke to Jim Wilder, a co-author of the U.S. Conservation Management Plan for Polar Bears as well as the Range States Circumpolar Plan, earlier this summer. Polar bears wandering into camps in the far north is not uncommon, but Wilder said we can expect to see more polar bears in towns and camps. "The primary reason is reduced sea ice, so bears are pushed ashore in more places and for longer time periods."

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