21 Feb '12, 1pm

As Arctic Sea Ice Declines, Polar Bear Patrol Gets Busy

As Arctic Sea Ice Declines, Polar Bear Patrol Gets Busy

As Arctic Sea Ice Declines, Polar Bear Patrol Gets Busy Polar bears have long come ashore in Churchill, Manitoba, the self-styled ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World.’ But as summer sea ice steadily disappears in Hudson Bay, bears are being marooned on land for longer periods of time — and that is generating a lot of work for the Polar Bear Alert Team. by ed struzik Last Nov. 11, Jerry Cowley was fast asleep when he was wakened by the sound of someone violently banging on the front door of his bungalow in the Hudson Bay port town of Churchill, Manitoba. Thinking that it was his son coming home from a night at the bar, Cowley was going to scold him for losing his keys. Yet when he opened the door, Cowley was greeted not by his son, but by a large polar bear about to enter his living room. “I told it to bug off!’” Cowley recalled the next day. “That’s the first time anyone has ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_arctic_sea_ice_declines_p...

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