National Geographic : 1998 Jan
BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE Visitors bag a film trophy in Wager Bay. When native Inuit opened a lodge here in 1987, they decided to cater to ecotourists rather than to hunters. A Northwest Territories Inuit may charge $15,000 or more for guiding a sport hunter to a bear. Under a quota system about 500 of Canada's 15,000 polar bears are shot annually; Alaska natives take some 100 a year. The hunts are regulated by a 1973 agreement that also includes Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Since 25,000 to 40,000 bears range the Arctic, they are not classed as endangered. SARCTIC o EAN Limit of ... mltyar ice / '