More polar-grizzly hybrid bears killed in Canada

April 26, 2012 

In this circa 2006 photo provided by the Canadian Wildlife Service, hunter Jim Martell, left, is seen with a hybrid bear he shot while on a hunting expedition on Banks Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. According to Dr. Ian Stirling, researcher for the CWS, genetic tests showed the bear had a polar bear for a mother and a grizzly bear for a father.

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Residents of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, a village on the Arctic island of Victoria, say a hunter there has killed a mother polar bear and its "grolar" cubs, a cross between a polar bear and grizzly, reports CBC News.

Robert Kuptana, who lives in the Arctic hamlet of about 400 people, said a family of three bears was recently hunted by someone in the community.

"One is pure white, which is the mother, and there's one with fairly dark fur on it and another one, too, is fairly white but you look at the legs and they're brown, so it's a very different being," said Kuptana.

In 2006, scientists who analyzed the DNA of a suspected grolar bear confirmed it was a hybrid.

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