Life in the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’
Bear season has begun in Churchill, Manitoba, a town with fewer than 1,000 residents. By November, sometimes 60 polar bears can be seen on a given day.
If you live in Churchill, you don’t walk the streets at night during bear season. You keep your car doors unlocked — if a bear shows up, you’ll need shelter fast. And when you hear horns, you walk away and let the “bear catchers” do their job.
Halloween in Churchill is a true production. A helicopter goes up at 3 p.m. to scour the area for bears, and as night falls, numerous vehicles patrol the area. In addition to the Polar Bear Alert natural resource officers, there are Royal Canadian Mounted Police, an army reserve unit, fire trucks and ambulances.
Despite the patrols, bears still find their way into town.