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Hunting Polar Bears 101 Photograph by David McLain
Mamarut Kristiansen emerges breathless from beneath the cowl of a polar bear hide after a traditional training session with a pack of Greenland dogs. The hunters don skins, roar, and simulate an attacking bear to teach their dogs to aggressively hunt polar bears and not back down. During these sessions the pack remains tied up, but when hunting, the dogs will be unleashed to chase the bear and try to corner it until the hunter can shoot it. As they do with a walrus, the Greenlanders will use almost every part of a polar bear, eating the meat, making clothes from the skin, and using the fat to waterproof their boots.
Camera: Canon EOS 1N Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia Lens: 35mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Clear and -35ºF (-37ºC) Time of Day: Sunset Lighting Techniques: Available light Special Equipment or Comments: The fact that Mamarut is sweating at -35ºF is so amazing to me.