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Tracking a Super Bear

Casey Anderson and Jason Matthews obtain potential evidence of a polar grizzly bear hybrid.

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Die Trying: Tracking a Super Bear

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Casey Anderson and Jason Matthews obtain potential evidence of a polar grizzly bear hybrid.

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Northern Resident
Northern Resident

What an incredibly insulting show to the Inupiat people of Katovik.  One part of the episode focused on a mother and two polar bear cubs who are killed in the town after they have come into town to search for food. Despite the way that Casey and Jason kept implying that polar bears are not very dangerous in comparison to other bears, I can assure you that they are very dangerous in many circumstances (especially when looking for food and when a mother is with her cubs).  These nuisance bears created a safety risk in town.  There was no information as to whether or not the locals used deterrents such as bear bangers prior to the bears being shot.  And as the cameras showed the shots of the skinned bears and skins in the snow, Casey, Jason and the narrator used words like "horrific" and "massacre."  If a nuisance bear is shot, people are going to skin it to use the skin for anything from sleeping mats to a warm layer to sit on in their kammutiks (sleds pulled behind snow machines).  The meat would also be used.  National Geographic had the opportunity to teach southern viewers about a way of life that is very different (not wrong, just different), and failed miserably.  How sad.