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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bear Diets and Sharing Seals

Polar Bear Female Aggressive

Its a pretty quiet time for the blog and for the bears. Polar bears are not overly keen on polar vortexes either, they mostly sit and wait out blizzards, sit and wait for spring. One researcher, Nikita Osyanikov, observed that polar bears routinely den up, at least in northern Russia. Male polar bears and young bears stay in dens up to 52 days a year, females with yearlings sleep up to 106 days and females … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Mysterious World of Churchill’s Polar Bears

Well, the Polar Bears of Churchill sure are getting hard to figure out. I was writing a recap of this ‘bear season’ when the new articles about Churchill’s bears hit ‘The Guardian’. In a series of essays, Susan Goldenberg outlined the ‘plight’ of Churchill’s bears.  Of course, it should be noted that most of her ‘view from Churchill’ does come from Polar Bears International so take it for what that’s worth. The articles meander through … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – We Learned Something About Bears!

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Another new polar bear/sea ice study is out and this one is actually pretty good. Like, I actually learned something from reading it. I mean this study is actually about bears!!! Here is a link to the paper – it comes from the University of Alberta, authored by Seth Cherry with Derocher, Thiemann and Lunn. It takes an in-depth look at just when females bears (the only ones they can follow with radio collars) come … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Give the Bears a Break (Please)

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Last week, I wrote an Opinion Piece called ‘Give the Bears a Break’ for the Winnipeg Free Press Dr. Ian Stirling subsequently responded and dismissed by concerns. Essentially citing the fact that I have no scientific background and am therefore not qualified to express my opinion. He also cites a recent study by the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (led by Amstrup, Stirling and Derocher)… not that I have been able to locate this paper … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Good News From Wapusk

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Well, we are only a week into ‘cub season’ at Watchee Lodge in Wapusk National Park but initial reports are pretty positive. We have some clients in there and so far, the people down at Watchee have seen mothers and cubs every day and even a female with triplets. So, after a couple of quieter years, this one has kicked off with a bang. Even temperatures seem to have cooperated, it is still cold but … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – State of the Western Hudson Bay Polar Bears

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Well, its International Polar Bear Day whatever that means… there’s some NGOs promoting eco-solutions and that’s good, personally I prefer the ‘Stink For The Bears’ campaign that asks everyone not to shower (I’m way ahead of the curve on that one!) Its also ‘Pink T-Shirt’ day as in Anti-Bullying Day which is a worthy cause as well. Anyway, for International Polar Bear Day… I thought I would do a little ‘State of the Polar Bears … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Samuel Hearne’s Polar Bears

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Samuel Hearne is my favourite explorer and, really, one of Canada’s first naturalists. He is best known for walking from Churchill to the Arctic Ocean (Kugluktuk) and back and for surrendering Prince of Wales Fort to the French (it happens…). Anyway, although he had no formal education, Hearne had a real passion for animals and birds along Hudson Bay. During his posting at Churchill, he kept pet beavers, ran foot races with moose, made some … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Complicated World of CITES

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We are entering the final stretch of the battle to list the polar bear among one of the world’s most endangered species. The polar bear was ‘upgraded’ to threatened in 2008. Based on, the justification that ‘a suspected population reduction of >30% within three generations (45 years) due to decline in area of occupancy, extent of occurrence and habitat quality.’ The United States has again (they first tried in 2010) put forward a motion to … Continue reading

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