CHURCHILL, "POLAR BEAR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD", A TOWN UNDER SIEGE
For six weeks from mid October through to the end of November, Churchill, in Canada's remote north, becomes a town under siege.
Its local population swells from 900 Churchillians to a whopping 10,000; the attraction, the annual migration to the sea ice of the world's largest, most ferocious land predators.
Having fasted on a diet of berries, kelp and grasses for close to three months, the siren call of the ice is irresistible. Prompted by a gnawing hunger for meat, the ravenous bears are enticed by the prospects of a feed they favour above all else; the soft tender flesh of ringed seal pups.
Standing up to three and a half metres tall at full stretch, the largest weighing in at 675 kilograms, these magnificent killing machines move across glacial rock and tundra from their southern stamping grounds for the town that just happens to be on the direct route to the sea ice.
Tours: Frontiers North Adventures, Winnipeg 800-663-9832, http://www.frontiersnorth.com/
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Posted by Anne Gordon on Tuesday, 30th November, 2010