By Steve Dellar  |  07-05-2018   News
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For the first time since 2000, a human life was lost to a polar bear attack in Canada's northernmost territory of Nunavut.

The small community, located some 124 miles up the coast from Arviat in Rankin Inlet, is officially in mourning since Tuesday after a 31-year-old father, Aaron Gibbons, who was with his young children on Sentry Island, a popular fishing and hunting spot located about 10 kilometres outside of the hamlet on the west coast of Hudson Bay, was surprised by an attacking polar bear.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To hear irngutaq - his young daughter having to call on CB radio and crying to her grandmother, my aik, immediately after the mauling…we were very helpless. To hear my aik calling out to my qangiaq, asking if he’s okay…very heart breaking. His body was brought in at 11:15</p>&mdash; Gordy Kidlapik (@Irngutaq) <a href="https://twitter.com/Irngutaq/status/1014375479200092160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Local authorities stated Mr. Gibbons put himself in between the bear and his children, unarmed but ready to defend his family.

A relative of Mr. Gibbons, still in shock, said he "died a hero" as he told his young daughters to run. Another adult who was called in later shot and killed the bear.

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Mr. Gibbons's uncle, Mr. Gordy Kidlapik said: "He was enjoying his day with his children."

"They were surprised by a bear that had started to stalk or charge towards one of his children."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Man dead after polar bear attack near Arviat, Nunavut <a href="https://t.co/jmrPmRLtq2">https://t.co/jmrPmRLtq2</a> <a href="https://t.co/lZx6OBWsO3">pic.twitter.com/lZx6OBWsO3</a></p>&mdash; CBC North (@CBCNorth) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNorth/status/1014572925612101632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Kidlapik, with a crackling voice, told how the girls, described as primary school age, called for help through the boat's radio: "We actually heard the call for help."

"It was terrible to listen to."

The town of Arviat, which is used to seeing polar bears as they migrate north, is in shock. Local lawmaker Mr. John Main declared: "It's really just incredibly sad.”

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"We're a small community and when something like this happens, it affects the whole community. It's a fact of life for us living here now."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Father dies protecting his kids from polar bear attack in Nunavut RCMP said 31-year-old Aaron Gibbons was killed Tuesday evening about 10 kilometres outside the hamlet of Arviat.<br> <a href="https://t.co/5Oo8yp7Znp">https://t.co/5Oo8yp7Znp</a> <a href="https://t.co/CE1JUHSx44">pic.twitter.com/CE1JUHSx44</a></p>&mdash; NetworkOfNews Canada (@NetworkofnewsCA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NetworkofnewsCA/status/1014747825178009600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"It's always something that people are mindful of and it's always something that I think people are concerned about in terms of the risks."

Source:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/polar-bear-attack-arviat-1.4733550

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Schermann No. 30486 1530795770

This is what happens when your socialist government confiscates your guns to "make it safer for you"!

tab No. 30487 1530795866

i'm rooting for the bears…

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