Would you be able to get this close to a polar bear?
Not many people can say they have had a close encounter with a polar bear.
These two men are lucky to have had such an encounter and lived to share their story. They sure take a huge risk letting the bear get this close to them.
Thinking the adult bear and cubs are cute and admiring them from afar is one thing. Allowing them to explore so close to you is crazy.
This could have gone tragic in a hurry. It sounds like they were prepared to defend themselves if things took a turn for the worse.
The flare gun was just what they needed this time to scare the bear away.