Polar bears are a part of the landscape in the whaling village of Kaktovik, Alaska.
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There's a village along the northern edge of Alaska where the human to polar bear ratio tips 3 to 1 in the summer. Alaska Dispatch photographer Loren Holmes and reporter Alex DeMarban traveled to this whaling village, called Kaktovik, to document how the largest bears in the world live alongside villagers for a few weeks each year.
All Photos: Loren Holmes, Alaska Dispatch