A Dispatch From Polar Bear Prison

“The former aircraft storage hangar just outside the remote northern Canada town of Churchill, Manitoba, is the world’s only prison for polar bears. Nature’s most fearsome land predators flood the town at this time of the year because tiny Churchill sits slap bang in their winter migration route north up Hudson Bay. An uncomfortable spell in the prison is reserved for those animals who won’t take the hint and keep coming back to the town. Eleven of its 28 cells were occupied with ‘bad bears’ when I visited Churchill, although it was soon to be only ten.”