1/14/2011 4:34:36 PM

More Polar Bears Wandering into Village

Polar bear along the shoreThe town of Arviat on western Hudson Bay has experienced a spike in polar bear encounters in recent years. Chris Hotson of the Nunavut government's environment department attributes the increased sightings to longer ice-free seasons on the bay. The extended seasons of open water mean that the bears must live off their fat reserves for a longer time period before returning to the sea ice to hunt seals. As a result, more and more hungry bears are wandering into town, investigating food sources.

Arviat is taking measures to reduce attractants to the bears, including storing storing seal and caribou meat in large metal shipping containers provided by the Nunavut government and the World Wildlife Fund.

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