Badass Female Bear Guards of the North

Badass Female Bear Guards of the North

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Bears are often portrayed as cute and cuddly, but they are some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Maria Merkuratsuk and Heather Angnatok are both Inuk women trained as Canadian rangers, a sub-component of the Canadian Army Reserve that operates in open areas too remote and isolated to warrant continued military presence. Both have also completed specialized training and certification to work as bear guards -- using a combination of their knowledge and skills to work with government, tourism providers, and national parks to protect, educate and guide people on the Arctic tundra. The work is extremely specialized and dangerous. This story would highlight the work of one or both of them, with a particular focus on special challenges as they break gendered stereotypes.