Inupiat Community Saves Polar Bear From Net

Rolan Warrior, an Inupiat guide from Kaktovik, was taking tourists to a barrier island to watch polar bears when he noticed one of the bruins caught in a net.

“From rescue to conflict reduction efforts, Northern communities play an important role in the conservation of polar bears—they are on the ground 24/7 and have important experience and perspectives passed down from generations untold,” said Geoff York, Polar Bears International’s Senior Director of Conservation.

Kaktovik residents in boats kept the bear from drowning until the tranquilizers set in. They then maneuvered the bear to shore where the net could be removed.

Biologists were able to untangle the bear, check for injuries, and release it.

“It’s great to see local people and scientists come together to solve a clear problem. In this time of unprecedented change, we need more collaboration across the Arctic and across groups,” York said.

The relationship between bears and Inuit people of that region is a delicate balance between predators - and on this day - it was Inuit volunteers in small boats who saved the life of the great Nanuuq.( Polar bear Kaktovik Inupiat name)

Flora Rexford says, "My mother and my father went on their boat, and then the guide, Rolan Warrior, the guy whose net it was, they went out with their boats. They helped with rescuing the bear because they darted it but it went into the ocean so if the boats weren't there ... they were critical in helping save it. They got it to the shore - rolled it up on the beach - had a hard time getting it up on the beach in the waves and they got the net free."

Responses to "Drowning Polar Bear Caught In Net Saved By Alaskan Inuit People"

  1. Unknown says:

    Lovely people

  2. Unknown says:


  3. casey says:

    Very brave to save such a fierce large animal.

  4. Hellion says:

    thank you xx

  5. Unknown says:

    Bless you all for saving this beautiful bear. There are so few left now due to climate change, we need to save and protect them now so our future generation can see and enjoy their beauty.

  6. Unknown says:

    yes bless you all for saving this bear karma well be rewarded to you ... you are hero's god bless you

  7. Thank you for your selfless actions! Just wonderful!

  8. Unknown says:

    Glad to see there is still some descent compassionate people out there.

  9. God bless you for saving the bear. With all of the greed motivating our government to drill, this is refreshing.

  10. Leisltm says:

    Thank you so so so very much. Sweet lucky for your efforts.

  11. Anonymous says:


  12. Bella says:

    Thank you so much for saving this precious polar bear.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for saving the polar bear - and restoring my faith in people doing the right thing

  14. Maria says:

    Wow! Love this!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for proving there are still good people out there!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great job

  17. Anonymous says:

    i just think it`s so brave and beautyfull u saved the bear.. it maked my day to see this u`re such good people.. it gives some faith for the future.. thank u from all my heart..<3

  18. Piita one says:

    Nice, god bless you all.

  19. Kudos and blessings to the right minded people who saved this bear!! Their species is in grave danger and every one lost is heartbreaking.

  20. Unknown says:

    This is what Earth Stewardship looks like.May we all help our brothers and sisters of the wild.

  21. Linda says:

    What a wonderful act of compassion and respect for the Earth. Thank you!

  22. These great news even made it to Germany :) Thank you so much! And please use your right to vote to finally stop Harper. Although Canada still has a good reputation in Europe (being eco-friendly, multi-cultural, peace-loving etc.) a LOT of people know what's really going on... Take action!!

  23. Wonderful ...... just wonderful

  24. My comment above - of course - is for the Canadian users only (I got the link to this site through a Canadian friend). I am well aware of the fact that this beautiful rescue happened in Alaska. The place I went first on my premiere trip to North America :)

  25. JadeH says:

    Standing ovation here for all of them! Restores my faith in humans to see/read this. Blessed Be!

  26. Unknown says:

    Good luck will accompany you for some time for that thankless act.

  27. Unknown says:

    Thank you, you did a very good job, thank you for the bear!

  28. Unknown says:

    how awesome is that
    beautiful creatures saved by beautiful people god bless you

  29. ML says:

    The connection of native peoples and their animal brothers is a strong bond. What an great story with a happy and a fulfilling end.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I so appreciate what the Inuit have done to keep their customs of respect for all life alive.

  31. Unknown says:

    A reminder that there are still some people with GREAT RESPECT FOR OUR WILDLIFE. ! If only others could learn from this.

  32. Anonymous says:

    May the Great Spirit smile upon you and your people for saving a gift of Mother Nature. This action of responsibility is such a powerful example of how we all need to be in regards to our four legged family. I am honored to witness your kindness.
    May your Spirits be free, today and always. :) Aloha

  33. Anonymous says:

    Respect ...

  34. Unknown says:

    This is why we are here sadly poeple have forgotten that.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thank God for these people.. <3

  36. Unknown says:

    So glad the bear was saved but wondering why it had been darted in the first place ...

  37. Beautiful people. Thank you so much!

  38. Davey Dunbar says:

    Thank you for saving this magnificent bear. Great Spirit will favor you with good fishing and blessings too!!

  39. PRICELESS! I wish all people were so giving and loving.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Thank God some of us do care. Thank you

  41. Anonymous says:

    Good job nephew!

  42. Unknown says:

    The only thing to say is ............ Thank You for that bears life, each and every one is important.

  43. Unknown says:

    outstanding job

  44. Wonderful to see the humanity!

  45. Unknown says:

    Thank you!! It's wonderful to see people go out of their way to help an animal that is suffering. Bless you all!

  46. Unknown says:

    Brother bear! We need to treat them this well all the time!

  47. pamjlaws says:

    AWE,,Thank You all for being Strong and fearless,you saved this Polar Bear and you are hero's to many of us that LOVE animals!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Wado, (thank you), and Bless all of you who were involved in saving this Sacred Bear. You are all Heros. Mitakuye oyasin (All My relatives)

  49. Unknown says:

    A big thank you for you, my brothers....

  50. Pirjo says:

    Its always lovely to read about people who help animals. <3

  51. Unknown says:

    Well done Guys, for saving such an awesome animal.xxxx

  52. Unknown says:


  53. Unknown says:

    TY for saving his Life, you's ROCK!!!! Well Done by all that were involved! <3 :)

  54. Debbie Lashley says:

    Thanks for being brave and saving this scared and beautiful bear! Great people!

  55. Our wildlife has no voice. We have to be their voice. Bless those who saved him.

  56. Mila Ug-S says:

    Yes ! Good people to rescue a beautiful Nanuuq !!

  57. So good to see someone help an animal in trouble. They only need us to leave them alone... and certainly stop hunting them for trophies! (disgusting) and they will be fine but what is happening to some of them from the changes we are making to their world demands that we help....! This is a good man... I thank you for this sir.! I hate to ask but did ya happen to have a chunk of meat anywhere ya could have thrown him before he left? He must be so empty and so hungry to have swam so far...

  58. Paula says:

    Having lived 8 years in the NWT, I never witnessed any Inuk show kindness or compassion to a wild animal. This incident must be a real first!

  59. Anonymous says:

    That is AWESOME

  60. says:

    Just Excellent

  61. Anonymous says:

    Is there any way that salmon can be introduced to the Polar Bear? Let them come further south, just enough so as not to over heat, and compete with the brown bear. Of course the grizzly has a bigger attitude and may win out, but give the polar a chance.

  62. W5PDA says:

    Thank you for rescuing Nanuuq :-)

  63. carol windsong says:

    What a happy survival story. I am sorry to see so much of the ice melting there. Long may the Inuit Tribe thrive and long may the polar bears live and thrive. Prayers to them.

  64. Anonymous says:

    thank you for saving the bear. Animal and human lives are equally important in the great creator's eyes.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to the rescuers of that very tired polar bear. Wonderful.

  66. Unknown says:

    No puede ser que estos pobres animales tengan que estar sufriendo estas cosas en su propio habitat natural es totalmente perverso y totalmente injusto que ellos contribuyan para que nuestra vida sea mejor mas hermosa y nosotros les hagamos la vida imposible no solo para que pasen hambre por no poder cazar sus propios alimentos gracias al desastre que estamos generando si no asta el punto de no poder caminar o nadar es el colmo es total mente perverso.

  67. Unknown says:

    a human being with a hart for animals, I love this!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!!!!

  69. Sandra K. says:

    Horray for him! What a beautiful person!!!!!!!! :)

  70. Unknown says:

    This is why we must stop irresponsible use of fishing nets!

  71. Unknown says:

    How wonderful to see such compassion. If only there were more like these people, the world would be a better place. Well done.

  72. Emily says:

    Beautiful -- thank you for going the extra mile and knowing what to do -- thank you.

  73. Art Maven says:

    No pack ice to haul out on spells doom for the Polar Bears, who can't swim constantly. No ice = no seals on the ice = no food for the bears. They're resorting to cannibalism. God bless the Inuit, whose world is literally evaporating around them. It's all very sad, but a very happy end for this particular bear - at least today.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Bless the dear indigenous gentleman for saving our furry relative.
    We must all do what we can and what it takes
    to save and protect ALL the sacred wonders of Nature.

  75. Irish says:

    Because of Global Warming these bear's are starving to death and drowning,their habitat is ruined beyond repair,humans did this.

  76. Kimber-B says:

    Thank you for you loving diligence. ����

  77. This one person is doing a good thing saving this polar bear. The inuit people in general see animals as a resource. And before everyone attacks me, if you live where there are only others to eat you can always move. No one is forcing you to live there. Thank you anonymous man for saving this bear!

  78. skeptical says:
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  79. skeptical says:

    commercial fishing has been banned in the Beaufort Sea. Some local poachers lost a drift net and had to do some quick CYA

  80. Why was the video taken down ? That doesnt make much sense ... I want to see it... I think this was an awesome thing these people did saving this beautiful creature . .. I'd like to see it . WTF ??

  81. It isnt inuit if it is Alaska. There are yupik, cupik, inupaq, and inupiq. And in this instant I think you mean inupiaq. Take it from me who is actually from alaska.

  82. Unknown says:

    They say there’s less polar bears because of the global warming so they all need to be saved this was fabulous thank you

  83. Unknown says:

    BS YT!
    you suck big time!
    blocking this video is a crime against humanity!!

  84. cathy t says:

    BLESS THEM FOR SAVING THIS BEAUTIFUL BEAR. i feel so bad for the bears because the problems they r having with the ice disappearing. ty so much for saving the bear

  85. Some bearably good news for once. Well done to all.

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