Polar Bears Kills Mother and Child in Alaska

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-— On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in Wales, Alaska, a young mother, and her child were killed by a polar bear. The weather was atrocious. Visibility was very bad. The attacks on people started about the middle of the brief, five-hour period of daylight at this time of year. Winds were gusting to 50 mph, according to reports from a nearby weather station. This would result in extreme reductions of visibility, near whiteout conditions, at times.

The bear started chasing people at about 2:30 p.m. Students and adults took refuge in the school, barely able to get the door shut before the bear could enter.  The victims are reported to be 24-year-old Summer Myomick and her one-year-old son Clyde Ongtowasruk. The victim and her one-year-old son were killed just outside the school doors. From adn.com:

Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday identified the victims as 24-year-old St. Michael resident Summer Myomick and 1-year-old Clyde Ongtowasruk.

Troopers said reports of a polar bear attack came in around 2:30 p.m., with initial accounts describing the bear chasing several people before a Wales resident shot and killed the animal “as it attacked the pair.” Myomick was walking with her son between the school and the Wales clinic when the bear attacked them, troopers said.

Polar bear scientist Susan Crawford explained the increase in attacks was a predictable result of increases in polar bear populationsFrom polarbearscience.com:

Polar bear attacks in winter are almost always associated with a bear that has not been able to resume feeding in the fall. More bears and restricted hunting means more young bears (as well as old bears or sick ones) become food stressed because they can’t compete with big mature males for food. Mature bears often steal any seals that young bears are able to kill, making the youngsters desperate for food.

Susan Crawford documents the polar bear population in the region is thriving:

The Chukchi Sea polar bears are currently thriving and numbers may still be increasing (AC SWG 2018; Conn et al. 2021; Regehr et al. 2018; Rode et al. 2014, 2015, 2018).

Crawford predicted the increase in attacks on humans in 2016:

Given the fact that there are now many more polar bears than there were in the 1970s as well as more people living in many coastal Arctic communities, problems with bears in winter are likely to increase, as this winter’s events show. More bears out on the ice in winter (January-March) will almost certainly create more competition for the little bit of food that’s available (seals are hard to catch in winter), which means some bears might increasingly be looking for alternate sources of food onshore.

Polar bear advocate Geoff York, the senior director of conservation at Polar Bears International, stated the obvious: Documented polar bear fatalities are rare in Alaska. From Newsweek:

“I definitely want to emphasize just how rare this attack is. Most polar bear attacks happen during that ice-free season when it’s warmer [and] when there’s less sea ice. That’s when we’ve historically seen more issues between humans and bears,” York said. “To have a fatal encounter in January, in northern Alaska, is extraordinarily rare.”

The last fatal polar bear attack to occur in Alaska was in December 1990. Similar to Tuesday’s, the 1990 attack was unprovoked. York said that in 1990, it had been a thin and hungry bear.

There are only three documented cases of fatal polar bear attacks in Alaska. The latest happened on January 17, 2023. The previous case happened on December 9, 1990. The case before that happened in June of 1885. Of the documented three fatal polar bear attacks in Alaska, two have been during the winter.

Numerous articles link the attack to “climate change” on the theory that everything is attributable to climate change. From Geoff York:

“This was in that window where historically people would feel pretty safe. So clearly as these changes are occurring in the ecosystem and with the sea ice in these regions, it’s becoming a lot more dynamic.

Sea ice was and is plentiful this winter. An obvious change, the “polar bear” in the room, so to speak, is carefully not mentioned by the polar bear advocates. As noted by Susan Crawford, it is increasing polar bear populations.

Forbid almost all hunting of polar bears. Polar bear populations boom. Unsurprising result: more polar bear attacks on humans.

The number of documented humans killed by polar bears in Alaska just doubled on January 17, 2023.

Opinion:

Human populations in the Arctic have increased as well, from tourism and researchers. Increasing human populations are a factor which polar bear advocates often mention. The old media and the bear advocates studiously ignore increasing polar bear populations. It does not serve the narrative of “climate change” being responsible for everything, especially as polar bears are supposed to be dying off because of the same “climate change.”

The climate is always changing. No one disputes that. What is disputed is to what extent man can influence the changing climate, whether the changing climate is good or bad, how fast it is happening, and how to deal with it.

More and more people are noting those who push “climate change” as a religious doctrine are those who believe they benefit the most from government control over everything in every life on earth.

“Climate change” is not a scientific hypothesis. It can never be disproved. If nothing changes, climate change is coming. If it gets warmer, “climate change” is responsible. if it gets colder, “climate change” is responsible. It is the perfect excuse for those in power to do whatever they want to do with the rest of us.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Hazcat

Truth as always from our intrepid journalist. Thank you, Dean.

Last edited 13 days ago by Hazcat
Terry

Good work Dean. I really liked the “Climate change” part!

Bigfootbob

Climate change and racist are used to the point that they are meaningless nouns uttered by the laziest liars that walk amongst us.

totbs

Most likely polar bears are racist, anyway. They’re white, and this last one killed a minority Alaskan native.

CourageousLion

I doubt they decide who to have for dinner based on their skin color. And yes, I suspect sarcasm was inferred within your remark.

Last edited 13 days ago by CourageousLion
gregs

polar bears are not the Christmas coca cola cute cuddly things. they are apex predators that will hunt people. when the tree huggers/climate change/ animal rights over people rights groups get involved with wildlife management they screw it up. take for example the attempt to get lead fishing weights, shotgun pellets and firearm ammunition banned without any scientific data, banning wolf and black bear hunting.
send them up there to live the winter and see if their views change. we have a God given right to defend ourselves from predators, both two and four legged ones.

musicman44mag

You are right on all points and I would like to add, when tree hugging animal rights activists get evolved, they also put the animal’s life (white spotted owl) over that of the human and will destroy industry’s to save their current pet project to the point of ruin of a state’s economy and people’s lives. Currently that white owl is dying off because another more predatory and stronger owl (Barred Owl) is killing them off. Scientists are actually using calls to bring the Barred Owl in and then shooting them lessening their numbers to protect the spotted owl. Crazy.… Read more »

CourageousLion

ESPECIALLY the two legged ones! Because they KNOW what they are doing. The animals are simply following their instinct.

totbs

Interesting…..according to the greenies, the polar bear population is “on it’s last legs”, so to speak.The claim is they’re starving to death because of human caused global warming. Hmm…

musicman44mag

It’s no different than mountain lions in kommiefornia.

CourageousLion

They used to call it global warming, but that BS fell apart. And it was once called global cooling and that as well fell apart. As for climate change? It sure does! At least four times a year. Those are called SEASONS. Morons are running the planet. And most of them are psychopathic control freaks. They want us dead but don’t realize that somewhere the plebes are going to build guillotines for their sorry asses.

TGP389

Oh, no, this can’t be true! I saw a picture of a polar bear standing on an ice cube in the middle of the melted Arctic! We know pictures never lie!

I love polar bears. Their fur makes such nice, warm clothing…

musicman44mag

I bet they taste good too.

PMinFl

Aw! they are so cute and cuddly. They also like coke, I saw it on TV.

Arny

So this was in a school zone ? NO FIREARMS ALLOWED ? Would the lady or someone else been armed, MAYBE ?

USMC0351Grunt

There are no, “gun free zones” in Alaska. You just can carry INSIDE a school, Domestic Violence Shelter or Bar, Restaurant that serves alcohol it’s okay as long as YOU are not drinking. So, this woman could have carried outside the school.

Arny

Where was she heading , school ? She had a kid with her. I’m just assuming but that’s where she went for safety with the kid also. But it’s good to know they’re not as restrictive as most States.

gregs

am i being shadow banned? what was controversial with my comment?

F Riehl, Editor in Chief

No shadow bans at AmmoLand News, it is just our strict filtering. Sorry for the delays

musicman44mag

And the new idea being pushed by the left and the news is that racist rich white people are the ones responsible for climate change.

I don’t want to see any up votes on this. Down vote it because you disagree with the idea of what was said. An up vote would be to show that you agree with it. Ok!!!!

USMC0351Grunt

Let’s not say anything about all the industrial activity over in China…

Arny

We have a giant hepa filter over the USA don’t you know ? lol