Guides in Resolute, Nunavut, lost a lucrative deal this week when a Chinese business cancelled a planned polar bear hunting trip due to pressure from international media.
Resolute sees a lot of polar bears but few foreign hunters as the sport hunt slows, and that’s hurting the already fragile local economy.
A Chinese business, the “I Love Hunting Club” has been branded as cruel and barbaric by international media, following an article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
It was planning to offer a polar bear hunt near Resolute that interested plenty of wealthy Chinese until the backlash scared them off.
The company owner says he has now cancelled the trip.
Glenn Williams, a wildlife policy adviser with Nunavut Tunngavik, said the economic impact of sport hunting affects more than just the guides.