3 people attacked by polar bear in Arctic Canadian community expected to make recovery

Sanirajak, which sits on Foxe Basin, has a population of about 800 people. (CBCNews)

Polar bear found dead near cabins, RCMP say

Three people are recovering after being attacked by a polar bear in Sanirajak, Nunavut, on Tuesday.

Local RCMP said in a news release Wednesday that they were dispatched that afternoon around 2:25 p.m. local time after a report of a polar bear attack near cabins south of the former Distant Early Warning Line site.

While police were on their way, a motorist advised them three people had been taken to the community’s health centre.

The bear was found dead near the cabins. The release said the wildlife officer who went to the scene with police took possession of the bear and took it to their office.

Sanirajak grew around the former Distant Early Warning Line site, which is no longer operational. (CBC)

Sanirajak, which sits on Foxe Basin, has a population of about 800 people.

All three people who were attacked were transported from the site. One man was flown to Ottawa while two women were taken to hospital in Iqaluit.

Police said in the release that all three were “badly injured” but said they are expected to recover.

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Canada: Polar bear damages search and rescue chopper in northern Canada, CBC News

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