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Polar bear attacks profiled in study

Jim Wilder was a young researcher on the frozen Beaufort Sea when he had his first polar bear encounter.

“We were camped out on the sea ice in front of a maternal den waiting for [mama bear] to come out with her cubs,” he recalled.

“A polar bear came up and sniffed the tent, right where my head was, when I was sleeping in the middle of the night and went on its merry way.”

Second Franklin ship located by searchers

The second ship from Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th-century search for the Northwest Passage has been located—right where an Inuit hunter said it would be.

“The ship is in remarkable condition,” Adrian Schimnowski of the Arctic Research Foundation, one of the groups involved in the search, said yesterday from the research ship that located the HMS Terror.