"There's a nanuq outside!" Kaktovik woman chases polar bear from tent
Coffee warmed on the smokehouse stove as Marie Rexford, 51, began pulling on her socks to start the day.
... One sock on, one sock off, something made Marie look over her shoulder.
That's when she saw the outline of a paw pressed against the thick canvas tent, said Marie's daughter, Flora Rexford, recounting the scene. A polar bear was trying to shove and nose its way inside.
"There's a nanuq outside!” Marie cried. She reached for the rifle her son had brought to the windy shoreside camp the night before.
... Marie, who is about 5 feet tall, stalked around the tent. "Where are you, bear?!" she shouted.
Startled, the animal began to walk toward the ocean.
“You better get out of here. If you come back, I’m going to shoot you,” Marie told the bear, according to her daughter. The more Marie talked, the faster the bear moved.
“She has kind of a scary voice,” the younger Rexford said in a phone interview.
And you thought your mornings were stressful. :)
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