Alex Polakoff, 53, a hunter and 13-year veteran of the DEW line sites but a recent arrival at Oliktok, took bears very seriously. He had heard the horror stories. In 1985, a polar bear stuck its head through the kitchen window and had to be beaten back with a pool cue and iron skillet. Another time, a driver delivering water from Prudhoe Bay was chased up a 20-foot fuel tank ladder by a bear that surprised him from behind his truck. A site worker ran it off with a bulldozer. The next bear in camp was a grizzly. Back in 1990, near Point Lay radar site over on the Arctic Ocean, an Inupiat couple were confronted by an emaciated polar bear as they walked down a dark street. To secure his pregnant girlfriend's escape, the courageous 28-year-old man faced down the bear with his pocketknife. Fifty pounds of his body were eaten.