A marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of Churchill. To do that, the conservation team will need to tranquilize him, and then airlift him by helicopter.
Summer is coming to an end in Manitoba, and a new struggle for survival begins for the polar bears and town locals. One pregnant bear is desperately seeking food to carry her through winter in her birthing den, while Churchill's guides are also working hard to find a unique tourist spot that will give them a leg up on their competitors. But they're not the only locals with money on their minds. The town's largest employer is on the verge of shutting down, putting jobs, and the community's future, in jeopardy.
Watch this episode online now.
and hundreds more by starting your free trial of Smithsonian Channel Plus.
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.