How one small town is teaching polar bears to fear people

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CC BY 2.0 U.S. Geological Survey

Churchill in Manitoba is one of the great tourist destinations for people wanting to view polar bears. But for the people who live there, managing the human-bear conflicts is a serious concern, especially as the species is pushed to its limits by climate change.

This short documentary explains the methods used to keep polar bears at a distance, including non-lethal hazing and even a polar bear jail. Protecting this endangered species includes preventing conflicts, with likely lethal conclusions, with the people they encounter as they search in new places for food and are pushed farther inland by receding ice.

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