CORAL HARBOUR, Nunavut - A teenage hunter trapped on an ice floe in Hudson Bay was forced to shoot a polar bear in self-defence as he waited to be rescued from the drifting sea ice.
A spokesman with the Nunavut government says three bears were on the same ice pan as the 17-year-old after he became separated from his uncle.
Ed Zebedee says one of the bears, likely a female, got too close and the youth was forced to shoot the animal.
The teen and his uncle got into trouble when their snowmobile broke down.
Both of them started to walk towards the tiny community of Coral Harbour on Southampton Island, but the teen got stranded on the ice floe.
He was rescued after two nights on the ice and is recovering from hypothermia, while the uncle was picked up earlier by ground searchers.