Several polar bears were coming into Resolute during the first week of October, primarily at night, but their presence more recently has mostly been limited to the outskirts of the community, by the dump, RCMP Const. Stephen Hynes said on Oct. 12.

“There’s still five or six polar bears hanging around here but they have not been wandering into town,” he said.

Even though hamlet staff burn the edible waste at the landfill to reduce the enticement to the scavengers, “they don’t mind getting into the fire and digging out the garbage,” Hynes said, adding that he noticed one of the bears had singed fur.

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...