A DNA test has confirmed what zoologists, big-game hunters and aboriginal trackers in the far northern reaches of Canada have imagined for years: the first documented case of a hybrid grizzly-polar bear in the wild.

That’s right, folks, a polar bear and a grizzly bear have mated and produced offspring — a bear mutt of sorts. As the polar bear’s habitat disappears (thanks, global warming!) and the range for both bears continues to overlap, will we see more hybrids?

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

I certainly hope so! But only if I get to be on the naming committee. Check out these proposed monikers (emphasis mine):

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

[Big game hunter Jim] Martell told the newspaper he has dubbed the hybrid creature a “polargrizz.” [Polar bear biologist Ian] Stirling said others in his office have been tossing around in jest possible names for the hybrid: a “pizzly” or a “grolar bear.” One colleague said they ought to call it “nanulak,” combining the Inuit names for polar bear — “nanuk” — and grizzly bear, which is “aklak.”

Can we call it a “pizzly”? Pretty please?!