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A really long wait for opening time - two months - and a pretty lousy substitute in the meantime

From Greenlandic daily Sermitsiaq:

"Beer replaced with bear"

"Alcohol ran out in the town of Illoqqortoormiut in eastern Greenland over two weeks ago....The only incident for police to respond to has been an inquisitive polar bear on the lookout for an easy lunch...As the annual quota of polar bears had already been reached it was necessary for a police official to carry out the task, which Nielsen, a constable, was on hand to do....The meat has been divided out between the community’s public institutions...The town’s residents will have access to alcohol again on arrival of the next service ship at the beginning of August".

More on the town with no beer here, and a google earth satellite shot here.

Where I an Illoqqortoormiuter, I'd pace myself the next time I got my mitts on whatever they drink in those parts. Meanwhile, I would not trade two months of sauce for a couple of wagyu steaks, let alone polar bear.

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Blogger JuliaM said... 11:06 am

"As the annual quota of polar bears had already been reached it was necessary for a police official to carry out the task, which Nielsen, a constable, was on hand to do..."

And our police are worried about moving on a few hoodies!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:45 am

I guess they are made of pretty stern stuff at the Illoqqortoormiut PD.  



Anonymous Time wil Tell said... 9:23 am

What is the annual quota and how is it calculated?

Surely we have the right to know and also the impact of climate change on the number of bears in the local area.

Have WWF,the RSPCA and Greenpeace made any comment on PC Nielsen's action?
Presumably a humane killer was used with the animal treated as it would have been in the UK.

PS

What do polar bear steaks taste like?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:33 am

TwT - I fear my Danish / Greenlandic is not up to digging around on relevant websites to find out.

However, re the taste issue, the google monster has given me this:

"What does Polar Bear taste like? "It's good, like beef. We don't eat it raw. It's only little stronger than beef when it's young. Older bear tastes stronger. We boil it. Sometimes cook it in the oven." James [James Qillaq from Clyde River, Baffin Island, an Inuit guide] explains.

No discussion of non-traditional foodstuffs in these parts is complete without the traditional reference to an antique edition of the Larousse Gastronomique, which having noted that cat tastes a bit like rabbit concluded 'Don't drown your kittens, eat them'.  



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