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NEWS: Nunavut June 11, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Thieves eye Nunavut’s polar bear license plates

"Very unfortunate," says Iqaluit mayor

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The iconic polar bear license plates are being phased out — but some are also being stolen off vehicles in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
The iconic polar bear license plates are being phased out — but some are also being stolen off vehicles in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)

Watch out for your polar bear license plates.

Madeleine Alexander Redfern, the mayor of Iqaluit, said June 10 on the Iqaluit Public Service Announcements Facebook page that “polar bear license plate(s) are being stolen in Iqaluit. Very unfortunate.”

The iconic polar bear license plates, which Nunavut inherited from the Northwest Territories, also appear destined to become collector’s items.

After 32 bids from 11 bidders on the online auction site eBay, bids on a polar bear plate closed March 24 at $213.30 U.S.

Soon the plates will be off Nunavut streets.

The Government of Nunavut unveiled its new plate design March 6, featuring a busy and colourful night scene to replace the white, bear-shaped plate.

Nunavummiut will be issued the new plate when they update their vehicle registration or purchase a new vehicle after July 2012.

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