As part of its new documentary series “Cruel World”, devoted to the “sixth great extinction”, the magazine “1:15 pm Sunday ” ((Facebook, Twitter, #1:15 p.m.) tells the story of an endangered species: the polar bear. This semi-aquatic marine mammal alone embodies all environmental challenges, including global warming.
Polar bears are the first to suffer from the reduction of sea ice, their hunting ground. Also exposed to pollutants and victims of the exploitation of natural resources in the region, they have now become a political issue. The species classified as “vulnerable” by the Americans is still hunted by the Inuit in Canada or Greenland.
A dangerous and wonderful animal
The number of bears is itself in question: 20,000, 25,000, even 30,000? And if it is possible to spend weeks crossing the Arctic without seeing a single one, there is a city in Canada where one is almost sure to see one. Churchill, in the province of Manitoba, has 850 residents and about the same number of bears.
Florent Muller, Frédéric Capron and Matthieu Parmentier visited this village around which the animals roam every fall, waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. For its inhabitants, this pet is both a constant danger and a subject of wonder … Become an icon, it tells the relationship that man has with nature today.
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