Premier Kelvin Goertzen announced today that the government has introduced legislation that would designate the polar bear as an official provincial emblem.
“Northern Manitoba is known internationally for its polar bears, tourists come from around the globe to see and learn about these majestic animals in their natural habitat in Churchill,” said Goertzen. “Recognizing the polar bear as an official symbol of Manitoba would help build on our province’s brand as the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ and a must-see, one-of-a-kind tourism attraction for visitors of all ages.”
Manitoba already protects polar bears in their natural habitats through legislation as well a financially thought the creation of the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
The polar bear would become the second official emblem of a mammal in Manitoba. In 2014 the North American plains bison was officially recognized as a mammal emblem.
© News4.ca 2021