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Holy cow, can that guy on the right get away if he needs to?
The short answer is “No”. If the bear decided to go for the guy, the guy would be gone, as in gone-gone. By 1960, when I first arrived on the line, the policy was to kill any polar bears who wandered on-site as a safety precaution. The last thing anyone wanted was to run into a polar bear on the way to read the thermometers in the Stevenson Screen in the dark of the long winter night. I watched one such hunt at FOX-1 around 1962. Only the Eskimos (as there referred to back then) had weapons and were authorized to kill the bears.
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