Polar bears attract tourists

    Kaktovik, Alaska (KINY) Diminished sea ice means polar bears spend more time on land, giving viewers more chances to see them.

    For the tiny Alaska native village, Kaktovik, there has been a steady increase in visitors due to the polar bears.

    Alaska's Energy Desk reported that more than 2,000 people visited the visit in the past year to see polar bears.  Before 2011, the number of tourists was less than 50.

    Polar bears have spent more time on land since the mid-1990s.  Researchers said more female bears make dens on the snow rather than on the ice.

    More national and international attention given to polar bears also sparked more visits from tourists.

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