National Geographic : 1982 Mar
Unbearably savory aroma of frying bacon lures a brazen panhandlerto a wildlife tour vehicle (left), here used by a National GeographicSociety television crew filming a polar bear documentary. Tourists book Churchill'sfour hotels months in advance for the PolarBearAlert during October and November. Waitingfor the bay to freeze, bears invade the town and scavenge its nearby dump (below). Biologists use dye to identify chronically aggressivebears; three to five repeatoffenders must be destroyed every year. Lucky Number 13, a subadult male, avoided the dump last season. A compromise solution will provide holding pens until freeze-up for as many as 16 problem bears. Meanwhile, "A safe polar bear is a distant polar bear"remains Churchill'scommonsense slogan.