Shaw was guiding a group of American hunters 45 minutes outside of Kimmirut when he was mauled by the bear."We didn't know there was a polar bear in the area," he said. "He just suddenly appeared in our camp."Shaw said the bear first approached the tent the Americans were camping in and tore through it.It then headed for the tent Shaw was staying in."He started ripping through and we managed to get out through the door," Shaw said.The hunting guide started to run and was chased by the bear, which was about seven feet tall. Shaw then tripped on a rock and the bear pounced on him."His claws started digging into my skin and he was biting my head," he said."He jumped up and down on me four times breaking my ribs."One of the Americans was able to shoot the bear and kill it before it was able to do any more damage to Shaw.
LUFA/CBC North, Bear Hunting Magazine08/15/2006Kootoo Shaw With HuntersA certain e-mail has been circulating endlessly on the internet (complete with gruesome photos) about a Polar Bear Attack that supposedly took place in the Yukon. The following is the truth about the attack which took place in 2003--Sept. 4th, 2003 IQALUIT, Nunavut - A misunderstanding about firearms legislation may have contributed to the severity of a polar bear attack near Kimmirut on Tuesday.The Inuit guide who was the victim of the brutal bear attack did not have a gun to defend himself.Kootoo Shaw says as far as he knew, he wasn't allowed to have a gun while he's working as a guide."We Inuit are not supposed to have any guns when we guide people from down south, that's why we didn't have a gun," he says.However, that's not what the law says. While Nunavut's Wildlife Act says Inuit cannot use guns to hunt while they're guiding, they can carry guns for protection against bears.Shaw says that isn't how he understood the rules.The U.S. hunters also seemed to have misinterpreted national rules.John Clark, one of three hunters with Shaw, says his group was told they could carry guns but that the bullets had to be removed when the gun was idle."The reason we left is because we knew there are more bears out there, they've been seen and there's no way of protecting yourself," he says. "Unless you can sleep with a loaded weapon, and even that is a little chancy."The Canadian Firearms Act governs how firearms are stored, and stipulates whenguns should be unloaded.Hal Major, the district manager of the Canada Firearms Centre in Winnipeg, says hunting trips are one of several exceptions to the rule."The firearm does not have to be unloaded, it does not have to be rendered inoperable," he says.Major says that if confusion exists about Canadian gun laws, it's possible that more public education about the rules and regulations is required.Attack Story--From CBC NorthA 46-year-old man is lucky to be alive after a vicious polar bear attack outside of Kimmirut Tuesday morning.Kootoo Shaw suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries while protecting a group of American sport hunters.The hunters say Shaw is a hero."I thought I was going to die, I thought I was going to be gone," says Shaw from his Iqaluit hospital bed.Shaw was helping guide a group of hunters from Wisconsin when the attack occurred. They were three days into a week-long caribou hunt when the bear crashed into their camp at about four in the morning.First the bear went for the Americans' tent, gave it a swat, but then headed for the guide's tent, where Shaw was attacked."He had his claws under my neck for a while, I could hear his breathing, then he let his claws off and he was still jumping on top me, up and down four times," he says.Shaw was transported to Kimmirut by boat, and then flown to Iqaluit where he received 300 stitches to reattach his scalp. He also suffered multiple bites and slashes to his back, arms and feet.The bear has been shot and killed.John Clark is one of the three American hunters who witnessed the attack."He's a hero because he took the full weight of this attack, and he survived it," he says. "There aren't many men with that strength that could do that, he's been chewed on big time."The Mayukalik Hunters and Trappers Organization is telling hunters to bring dogs with them when camping in the area for extra protection.
Yeah, ok. I was wrong. Oops .Incredible story though.
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