Photos: Churchill, Manitoba, During Polar-Bear Season

By Alan Taylor

In northern Manitoba, Canada, the town of Churchill sits along the shore of Hudson Bay, just south of the Arctic Circle. The town has become world-famous for an abundance of polar bears, especially during the months of October and November. Carlos Osorio, a photographer with Reuters, has spent the past week in Churchill, taking photos of the bears, the town, and the frigid landscape, at a time of year when daylight only lasts about seven hours.

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  • A polar bear rests in snow, its head lying on its front paws.

    A polar bear rests after sparring with another bear near the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, on November 20, 2021.

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  • A polar-bear-crossing sign reflects light in a snowstorm at night.

    A polar-bear-crossing sign is illuminated by a vehicle on a road during a blizzard in Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • Snow drifts around a parked pickup truck outside a building.

    Snow drifts around a truck during a blizzard in Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • A polar bear walks in a snowy field near small trees.

    A polar bear seeks shelter from a looming storm near Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • Two polar bears wrestle.

    Polar bears spar near Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • A single windblown white spruce tree stands in a snowy field.

    A windblown white spruce tree stands in an open area near Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • An apartment building, surrounded by snow, seen during a snowstorm.

    A view of the Kelsey Seal Apartments during a blizzard in Churchill, on November 21, 2021

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  • A person holds a starter pistol while standing on a snowy road.

    Simon Barbour loads his starter pistol, used to scare off bears, on November 21, 2021.

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  • A three-story building has a mural of a polar bear painted on it.

    A mural of a polar bear is seen on a building in Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • A person rides a snowmobile on a road during a snowstorm.

    Simon Barbour rides his snowmobile during a blizzard, through the streets of Churchill, on November 21, 2021.

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  • Two people walk on a path in a snow-covered plain at sunset.

    Two people take in the sunset where the Churchill River flows into the Hudson Bay on November 19, 2021.

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  • Snow falls over a residential area at night.

    Snow falls along Kelsey Boulevard in Churchill on November 19, 2021.

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  • Several large rocks are seen deliberately piled to form a landmark.

    An inukshuk is pictured at night on the shores of Hudson Bay in Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • Town lights illuminate the night sky above Churchill.

    A rotating beacon from Churchill Airport illuminates the night sky during a blizzard over Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • A polar-bear statue stands on a large rock, with a sign behind it reading "Manitoba"

    A polar-bear statue is pictured during a blizzard in Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • Several large cylinders mounted on trailers are seen in a parking area. The devices are cages, with rigging to open a front gate.

    Polar-bear traps sit at the polar-bear jail, used to hold bears who get too close to town, seen on November 20, 2021. The bears are later released when the water freezes on Hudson Bay.

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  • A broad one-story building is seen with a large mural of a polar bear painted on its wall.

    The polar-bear jail, photographed in Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • A small sign standing near an open area outside reads "Stop, don't walk in this area. Report bear sightings."

    A caution sign stands in Churchill on November 21, 2021.

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  • Several people work to free a car stuck in deep snow.

    Two tourists from France try to help a man whose vehicle is stuck in the snow on November 21, 2021.

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  • A sled dog sits atop a box during a snowfall.

    A sled dog sits atop a box in Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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  • Two people dressed in cold-weather clothing run on a road, followed closely by a car, during a snowstorm.

    Runners participate in the Polar Bear Marathon, followed by a vehicle used to watch for polar bears, in Churchill, on November 20, 2021.

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  • A person dressed as a polar bear gestures in a road near a parked van.

    A person dressed as a polar bear waits at the finish line of the Polar Bear Marathon on November 20, 2021.

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  • A view of the town of Churchill, many smaller buildings, outbuildings, and power poles.

    A view of the town of Churchill, Manitoba, on November 20, 2021.

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  • A polar bear rolls in snow.

    A polar bear rolls in snow after sparring with another bear near Churchill on November 20, 2021.

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