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CanadaU.S. canoeists besieged by grizzly on Northwest Territories canoe trip rescued

03:10  18 july  2019
03:10  18 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Masterfully-designed canoes of many sizes and forms were made on the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They were the main form of transportation for the indigenous people of the area until long after European colonisation.

The others were canoeists of considerable experience, as were some of the four-person film crew.The members of Although there was much challenging white water in the first third of the trip that was brilliantly This viewer had hoped to see some of the region' s wildlife, such as grizzly bears, moose

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YELLOWKNIFE — A pair of American tourists were pinned between rushing rapids and an aggressive grizzly bear when wildlife officers arrived to rescue them from the rugged tundra of the Northwest Territories earlier this week.

Lee Mandeville, one of the officers, said the bear ripped their canoe to shreds, leaving the travellers with no mode of transportation. The bruin also destroyed their tent and took their food.

"By the time we arrived they were out of their bear spray and it was just perfect timing," he said from Yellowknife on Wednesday.

"They were under a lot of distress. They were worn out, exhausted, because they stayed up all night on bear watch."

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The Northwest Territories is synonymous with wild rivers. Canoeists can enjoy guided trips on the Upper Horton, the more challenging Lower Horton, or both. Keele River - Credit: Canoe North Adventures. The Keele River offers a Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience, an alpine

The Northwest Territories capital, Yellowknife, grew up around a 1930 s gold rush. While all of the Many of the major communities in the Northwest Territories front the lake, including Yellowknife, Fort The river was already an important artery for the canoes of the fur trade in the 18th century

RCMP in Yellowknife got word of a distress call Sunday from two people stranded around Hanbury Lake, about 500 kilometres east.

The Mounties called the territory's Environment and Natural Resources department for help the next morning. It took the wildlife officers two or three hours to get to the spot by helicopter.

As they came over the hill, they saw what was left of the couple's camp. The bear was still approaching the man and woman aggressively.

"All they could do is just sit and conserve energy and wait and hope for help."

The helicopter scared the grizzly away long enough for the couple — a husband and wife who seemed to be in their early 50s — to get into the helicopter.

"They seemed relieved that we were there and (they were ) not very talkative, just exhausted."

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Travelling in the Northwest Territories is the same way. Where else could you drive all day without seeing another car? Or have a whole lake totally to yourself? Yep, the Northwest Territories is the sort of place that puts everything in perspective. A superlative place, a place that' s larger than life.

The history of the Northwest Territories begins with the population of the region by First Nations peoples, and proceeds through the transformation of it into provinces and territories of the nation of Canada, including the modern administrative unit of the Northwest Territories .

The bear was killed because it posed a threat to humans, Mandeville said, adding it was probably the same animal that had been harassing people in the area for years.

He figures the male grizzly weighed nearly 230 kilograms.

The rescue took place in an area popular with outdoor enthusiasts known as the Barren Grounds. Travellers get there by charter plane and then paddle along the area's many rivers and lakes.

"It's pretty abundant with wildlife and fish and beautiful waterways and terrain," said Mandeville.

The rugged area — dotted with shrubs and small, spindly trees — can be unforgiving and visitors should do their research and have a solid plan before venturing out, he said.

Mandeville said other than not having a firearm with them, the couple seemed to do everything right.

"Unfortunately they just came across that problem wildlife and it ended their trip pretty quick."

The RCMP got the report through the International Emergency Response Co-ordination Center. It is run by Texas-based company GEOS to help co-ordinate search and rescue operations around the world for people using satellite emergency devices. Mandeville said the couple sent a distress signal using an inReach device.

"The travellers were well prepared and had planned to bring a communication device with them on their trip, which definitely helped them with their misadventure," RCMP Staff Sgt. Yannick Hamel said in a statement

"We can't stress enough the importance to be prepared when venturing in the wilderness as anything can happen."

— by Lauren Krugel in Calgary

The Canadian Press

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