By Zac Unger

Book Details:

ISBN: 0306821168
EAN: 9780306821165
ASIN: 0306821168
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
Number of Pages: 320
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

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"I wish to exit for walks, yet it's a bit awkward to push the infant stroller and hold a shotgun on the similar time."-housewife from Churchill, Manitoba

 Yes, welcome to Churchill, Manitoba. Year-round human inhabitants: 943. but regardless of the isolation and the searing chilly right here on the arctic's area, viewers from around the world flock to town each fall, pushed through a unmarried function: to work out polar bears within the wild.

Churchill is "The Polar endure Capital of the World," and for one unforgettable "bear season," Zac Unger, his spouse, and his 3 young ones moved from Oakland, California, to make it their transitority domestic. yet they quickly came upon that it's rather the polar bears who're at domestic in Churchill, roaming previous the espresso store at the major drag, peering into rubbish cans, languorously scratching their backs opposed to fence posts and entrance doors. the place young children in different cities obtain admonitions approximately chatting with strangers, Churchill schoolchildren get "Let's All Be undergo Aware" booklets to carry domestic. (Lesson quantity eight: by no means discover bad-smelling areas.)

Zac Unger takes readers on a lively and infrequently wildly humorous trip to a spot as designated because it is distant, a spot the place natives, travelers, scientists, conservationists, and the main ferocious predators on this planet converge. within the method he turns into embroiled within the controversy surrounding "polar undergo science"-and unearths out that a few of what we've been ended in think in regards to the bears' forthcoming extinction will not be relatively the case. yet in general what he learns is ready human habit in severe occasions . . . and in addition why you'll want to by no means even think about taking a look a polar undergo within the eye.

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