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Their habitat is shrinking, so a slew of polar bears are literally going to town.

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The Alaskan village of Kaktovik has turned into the species’ very own sanctuary city, and residents are welcoming the magnificent animals with open arms.

Due to a rise in global temperatures, officials say polar bears are unable to head to their usual hunting grounds until later this year. That means the bears are gathering in untraditional areas — like the village, where 60 of the animals were seen recently, feasting on scraps.

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The sight of the bears eating the remains of a whale, harvested by whalers during their annual subsistence hunt, was visible just outside the Inupiat village.

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Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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