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Polar Bear Capital of the World

Churchill, Manitoba is called the "polar bear capital of the world". There are about 15,000 polar bears in northern Canada, and 1,200 or so of them pass by or through this town in the fall (September to November).

The town is located where the Churchill River flows into the Hudson Bay, and the bears gather there, waiting for the ice to freeze so they can start hunting for seals - and get their first good meal in months!

Hungry bears are dangerous, and that can create some problems for people in Churchill. They used to shoot the troublesome bears, but now there is a 24-hour Polar Bear Alert Program to keep track of intruders, and they have a bear jail where offenders are locked up until the bay freezes over.

If the jail gets full, pesky bears are trapped - then flown out of town by helicopter and released where they won't cause trouble.

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