July 4th, 2018:
On July 3rd, 2018 at 07:42 PM last evening, the RCMP Arviat detachment was notified of a polar bear attack on an Arviat resident which occurred on Century Island located approximately 10 kilometers outside the Hamlet of Arviat.
Medical professionals and RCMP attended the location of the attack and the 31 year old male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim was unarmed at the time of the attack.
The polar bear was put down by another adult as other individuals were on the island nearby.
The Arviat RCMP is continuing its investigation with the Office of the Chief Coroner. We are also assisting the GN Department of Environment, Wildlife Division, in this matter. For more information, please contact Mr. Dan Pimental, Director of Policy, Department of Environment, by telephone at (867) 975-7749 or via E-mail at D.Pimental@gov.nu.ca.