Polar Bear Stories (Eugene Brower)

Video Shot in: 2009

Iñupiaq elder Eugene Brower in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, recounts a remarkable encounter with a polar bear, which he considers the most memorable experience from his lifetime of hunting and observing wild game. He describes the scene on the shorefast ice, where he and his family witnessed a polar bear about a quarter of a mile away. As they watched, belugas at the edge of the ice. Suddenly, the massive polar bear emerged from the water and climbed onto the ice. Eugene marvels at the bear’s strength as it effortlessly lifted and maneuvered blocks of ice. The bear stood on its hind legs, surveying the surroundings, and then dropped the ice on a beluga and with a single swipe of its paw extracted the prey from the water.