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article imageBoy Stares Down 'Endangered Species' Polar Bear and Survives

By Carol Forsloff     Dec 21, 2009 in Environment
Polar bears are reported to be growing extinct, but one of them appeared recently and was stared down by a brave teen who is now being called a hero in the press.
The Globe and Mail reports how Jupi Angootealuk survived a hunting trip that left him stranded on an ice floe in the Hudson Bay area with a deadly polar bear and two cubs. His father won't explain the particulars now because he hopes the story can be sold instead.
About the rescue of his 17-year-old son Mr. Angotealuk said ,“I'm excited, I'm just excited. I'm very thankful to the searchers.”
In the meantime young Jup is now being called a hero in the remote community where he lives with his family after surviving a hunting trip that began on November 6 when he went out with his father and uncle to hunt polar bears. This is an activity promoted by certain folk, including Sarah Palin of Alaska, advocating Native American rights and insisting polar bears are not an extinct species. This follows considerable debate that took place in the months leading up to the 2008 Presidential election. Palin's pronouncements on the matter of the polar bears was often quoted by the environmentalists who were concerned about Palin's promotion of killing polar bears while she insisted they are not an endangered species.
As issues of climate change have been on the front burner in Copenhagen, news about polar bears, whom some declare are rare enough for few to encounter these days, is important as some scientists declare they will be extinct in 70 years because of global warming. Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University, who led a recent study reported in the journal Science in September was reported as saying, "The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past."
In the meantime one of those creatures, reported as rare, has the news buzzing about a boy who faced one down and survived a hero to his friends, his family and his peers.
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