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How Does Churchill, Canada, Deal with Polar Bears?

In Churchill, Manitoba, for a few months during the year, polar bears nearly outnumber citizens. Churchill, located in northern Canada, is only accessible by train or plane but is arguably the ideal meeting spot for polar bears.

Polar bears frequent Churchill so often during the coldest months of the year that the town actually has a polar bear jail where troublesome animals are held until the climate is conducive to their release. Those looking to get a more up-close and personal view of the polar bear lifestyle in Churchill can choose to go on an Arctic Discovery Safari which begins in Churchill and allows visitors to come face-to-face with polar bears.

More about polar bears:

  • A polar bear will wag its head from side to side to initiate play with other polar bears.

  • Polar bears spend their lives going through phases of feasting and fasting.

  • Polar bears will share food with an onlooking polar bear if it begs in a certain manner; remaining low to the ground, circling the carcass once and touching the nose of the bear in charge.

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