14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Polar bears have become vulnerable to the effects of climate change and become trapped on Barter Island, Kaktovik, Alaska if they don't leave when the ice starts to melt. The inhabitants of the island are allowed to hunt two whales a year. As part of conservation efforts to ensure the bears survive, whatever that is not consumed by humans is placed on a bone pile ensuring a source of food for the polar bears.
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