Specially equipped tundra vehicles allow tourists to safely view the bears.
There are, however, limits on how many of these vehicles are allowed to operate. Manitoba Conservation restricts the number of tour operators and vehicles in prime polar bear viewing territory, to minimize the impact to the surrounding tundra.
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The polar bears may appear cuddly and cute — and even friendly. This couldn't be farther from the truth.
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During your stay in Churchill, you may come across signs like this.
Every effort is made to keep people safe from polar bears, but sometimes the curious animals make their way very close to town.
Driven by scientists employed by universities and the Canadian government, and by local citizens who were tired of seeing as many as 29 polar bears being killed each year in the 1970s, the project was first intended to protect people and property. Since then, the welfare of the bears has become a priority as well.