Canadian police are intrigued. On the 22nd, a resort located near the city of Edmonton reported the theft of one of its pieces: a taxidermied polar bear, weighing 225 kg and measuring 3.6 meters. Taxidermy is a process similar to taxidermy, but a more recent and sophisticated form. With the technique, generally used for scientific collections or exhibitions, it is possible to maintain its expressions and behavior, in addition to making it more resistant to insects.
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Alberta, cited by BBC News, suspect that the piece from the Lily Lake Resort, located in Sturgeon County, was stolen during a cold wave that hit the region in early January, causing thermometers to read – 30ºC.
To The Globe and Mail, an employee, who identified herself as Wanda Rowe, at the establishment said that the place has security patrols 24 hours a day, but due to the cold, they were suspended.
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Rowe believes the thieves cut the ropes holding the piece and dragged it outside, where a car was likely waiting.
— It would have to have been 100% planned — said the employee, whose statement was quoted by the British network.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Kelsey Davidge described the case to The Globe and Mail as “The Great Polar Bear Heist.” The agent asked residents to be alert if the piece was sold online.
— That would stand out immediately if you saw it anywhere, right? — She joked.
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The owners had already been victims of a similar robbery, in August last year, when two taxidermied raccoons were stolen. Together, the three pieces total R$ 112.24 thousand. Despite this, it is not possible to say whether the cases are linked, highlighted the BBC.
Polar bear hunting is legal in Canada’s northern territories, but the practice is strictly regulated by environmental authorities. It is estimated that the country is home to around 16 thousand bears of this species, equivalent to two thirds of its total population. These animals live mainly in the Arctic regions.