One of the first of hundreds of polar bears expected to come off the sea ice of Hudson Bay along the west and south coasts was captured on video on 5 July. This is only the first wave, as there is still so much ice remaining that most of the bears are likely to remain […]

via First polar bear spotted off the ice in Western Hudson Bay is fat and healthy — polarbearscience

Polar Bears! Polar bears are built for the Arctic. Every trait they have is specifically engineered to live and thrive in the Arctic conditions. Polar bears, as everyone knows, are white, but that’s actually wrong! A polar bear’s fur is actually transparent and pigment-free! The reason they appear white is because each hair shaft […]

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POLAR BEAR POPULATIONS

Sixty-to-eighty percent of the world’s polar bear population lives in Canada. Total world population is estimated at between 25,000-31,000. Climate change may cause the existing population to decrease by up to 30% by 2050, according to some estimates. Habitat incursions by oil exploration companies, along with pollution are additional threats.

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THIS BLOG TAKING A HOLIDAY BREAK…

until January 2, 2019. Happy Holidays! We wish all was well with the world’ wild animals…unfortunately not.

Interesting summary and informed perspective from Nunavut News that’s worth a read on the issue of polar bear management in Nunavut (29 November 2018: “Inuit, Western science far apart on polar bear issues”). “Nirlungayuk said the predictions made by Western science for the polar bear populations in western Hudson Bay and Baffin Bay were, in […]

via Inuit and Western science are far apart on polar bear issues in Nunavut — polarbearscience