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No nanooks in Kaktovik?

A polar bear feeds on a whale carcass on the beach near Kaktovik in the fall of 2009. Photo by Angel VanHattenA polar bear feeds on a whale carcass on the beach near Kaktovik in the fall of 2009. Photo by Angel VanHatten

Where are the bears in the Barter Island village of Kaktovik? The town usually relies on a polar bear patrol to keep bears from wandering through town. But this year the animals are missing, said Angel VanHatten.

“There has been no nanooks. Even right after whaling there was hardly any," said VanHatten, who took the picture above and whose daughter is a former polar bear patrol officer. "It’s been a really, really weird year for nanooks.”

Possible explanations: A beached whale may have lured the bears away from town, VanHatten said. And the ice took longer to go out than usual, which may have disrupted their regular habits.

Can't be good for Kaktovik's bear-viewing business:

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