Every fall the polar bears move in close to the town of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. With the planet warming, the bay is freezing later and melting earlier each year. That means the bears have less time for hunting and fattening up to survive the summer. For the females, lower body weight also means fewer cubs. But Churchill is still a great place to observe the bears up close.
This is a video of my most recent trip to Churchill where the young males were putting on quite a show doing what young males of many species do, sparring to establish a pecking order. Later when they are out on the ice this fighting will turn serious. That’s when the prize for the winner will be women and food.