A grizzly-polar bear or grolar bear has been spotted in NWT. It seems this rare hybrid bear is becoming more common. The last one was shot in 2010, and another was found in 2006.

Robert Kuptana, who lives in the Arctic hamlet said grizzly bears, which are a species not natural to the area, are increasing in numbers near Ulukhaktok.

He said ever since the caribou have been travelling a different route along the mainland, the grizzlies have been following the herds and mating with polar bears.

(Picture: This stuffed grizzly-polar bear hybrid was found near Sachs Harbour, N.W.T in 2006)

Route taken by the Mounties on the March West, 1874

Under the direction of the newly appointed first Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police, George Arthur French, a force of 275 officers and men began their famous ‘March West’ on July 8, 1874 and arrived in present-day southern Alberta, in October 1874. These first representatives of Canadian Law and order in the West, assembled at Fort Dufferin, Manitoba. They faced a particularly difficult situation given the climate of antagonism between the Métis, and the new settlers. Hoping to avoid the legacy of violence and bloodshed of the Indian Wars that had occurred south of the border, this new police force set out to establish a reputation for fair and responsible treatment.

They soon established friendly relations with the First Nations, contained the whisky trade and enforced prohibition. They also supervised treaties between First Nations and the federal government.

Sheila Karkagie on death threat: ‘I was scared, I was hurt’ - North - CBC News

“I was scared and I was hurt,” says Sheila Karkagie of Tulita, N.W.T. On Jan.16, Karkagie says she answered the phone, only to find a strange voice at the end of the line with a nasty message: “If you don’t keep your mouth shut somebody is gonna kill you.”Sheila Karkagie receives death threat Karkagie has been a vocal opponent of hydraulic fracturing in the Sahtu region. The call came after Karkagie spoke publicly about what she alleges is a conflict of interest. She told the CBC that several past directors of the Tulita Land and Financial board are in a conflict of interest, by taking contracts with some oil and gas companies, after having recommended that a fracking project near the community go ahead. Karkagie says she doesn’t know who made the threat, but she knows she’s doing the right thing.

George Lush returns from checking his traps. Tha-Anne River (vicinity), N.W.T. [Nunavut], 1949-1950. Credit: Richard Harrington / Library and Archives Canada / PA-140627. Harrington writes of Lush (one of the last white trappers in the North) in his book, The Face of the Arctic, 1952, p. 206.