This Island Village In Alaska Has More Polar Bears Than People

Kaktovik is a place far away from modern civilization on the edge of the world, and very popular with polar bears. The village lies on Barter Island in the Beaufort Sea, and this was historically an important place for Alaskan Inupiaq and Canadian Inuit people to trade. Originally a fishing spot, Kaktovik became the main town of the island when a runway was constructed in the 1950s. This island village has seen an increase in polar bear sighting over the past decade and now, they seem to be everywhere in this remote place.

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