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2006-02-22 12:18:22

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming. The figure for 2006 was set at 150 animals, Greenland's fishing and hunting directory said. Only Greenlanders with valid hunting permits can obtain permission to shoot a bear. Previously, local Inuit hunters have killed about 250 bears annually in the semiautonomous Danish territory. The...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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