A young polar bear cub teases his mother, in the shrub and tundra outside Churchill, Canada, in November 2006. There are only a few places on the planet where humans can see polar bears in their natural environment, and, even then, for just a brief window before winter sets in. But during the last weeks of autumn -- usually from the middle of October to early November -- no place on Earth has more polar bears than Churchill, in Manitoba.

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A young polar bear cub teases his mother, in the shrub and tundra outside Churchill, Canada, in November 2006. There are only a few places on the planet where humans can see polar bears in their natural environment, and, even then, for just a brief window before winter sets in. But during the last weeks of autumn -- usually from the middle of October to early November -- no place on Earth has more polar bears than Churchill, in Manitoba.

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